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Obituaries

Chester W. Bielski

Chester W. Bielski, 70, of Pocono Lake, Pa., died unexpectedly on Sunday, Jan. 22, at home. He was the husband of Nancy (Starr) Bielski.

Born in Kearny, he was the son of Mary (Davis) Bielski and the late Chester M. Bielski. He received his masters from Rutgers University in 1978.

Chester was a police officer for the Kearny Police Department. He worked through the ranks to chief, and retired in 1995. A Navy veteran, he was a third class fire control technician and served on the U.S.S. DesMoines, U.S.S. Glacier, and the U.S.S. Denebola.

He was a member of St. Mark’s Church in Thornhurst, Pa., Benevolent Order of the Elks #754, and Moose Club in Danville, Pa. Chester was an avid hunter and fisherman.

In addition to his wife, Nancy, he is survived by two daughters, Linda Bielski of Lime, Conn., and Susan Moynihan and her husband, Timothy of Ocean Side, Calif.; two brothers, Robert Bielski and his wife, Mary Ann of Greendell and James Bielski and his wife Joan of Forked River; two grandchildren, Timothy Jacob Moynihan and Andrew Patrick Moynihan; mother-in-law, Arlene Starr; two nieces; one nephew; and a large extended family.

Arrangements were by Bolock Funeral Home in Cresco, Pa. A funeral Mass was held in St. Mark’s Church in Thornhurst, followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:Timothy Jacob and Andrew Patrick Moynihan College Education Fund, HC88, Box 655, Pocono Lake, Pa. 18347-9605.

Gregory Borkowski

Gregory Borkowski, 72, passed away at Clara Maas Hospital, in Belleville, on Jan.13.

Greg served in the U.S. Air Force with the Strategic Air Command during the Korean Conflict.

In his later years Greg drove for Harrison Cab in Harrison.

Greg was predeceased by his mother Josephine Borkowski, his father John and two brothers George and Edward Borkowski.

He leaves behind a brother Walter Borkowski and wife Catherine of Point Pleasant Beach; two aunts Stella Mikulicka and Irene Rockwell both of Spring Lake Heights; a nephew Thomas Borkowski; his wife Lori and two great nieces Taylor and Paige of Matawan, and a nephew Timothy Borkowski of Menlo Park.

A memorial service will be held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison, on Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. Greg’s final resting place will be at General William Doyle Military Cemetery, Wrightstown, on a later date.

Nelson A. Coelho

 

Nelson A. Coelho, 23, of Kearny, died on Jan. 25 from injuries sustained from an automobile accident.

Arrangements were by the Wilfred Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny.

Nelson was a graduate of Kearny High School Class of 2006 and was currently attending West Virginia University majoring in psychology.

He is the son of Arthur and Maria Isabel Almeida Coelho; brother of Anthony and Jenny Coelho; maternal grandson of Antonio Costa Almeida and the late Maria Estela Almeida; paternal grandson of the late Manuel Coelho and Virginia Pereira; nephew of Carlos Almeida and his wife Nelly. Nelson is also survived by several aunts and uncles in Portugal.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kearny High School Project Graduation Fund would be appreciated.

Nick W. Colanino

Nick W. Colanino died on Jan, 24 in St. Joseph Hospice in Wayne. He was 88.

Born in Newark, he lived in Kearny before moving to Wayne a year ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny with entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Nick was an inspector at Walter Kidde in Belleville; prior to that he was an executive vice president at ITT in Clifton. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of the Henrietta Benstead Center, Kearny.

Husband of the late Mary (Roio), he is survived by his son Edward and his wife Hannah, and two grandchildren Ken and Dan. He was predeceased by his sister Ina Albasi.

Eugene “Gene” Doherty Jr.

Eugene, “Gene” Doherty Jr., 48, of Seaside Heights, formerly of Harrison, died on Monday, Jan. 23.

Arrangements were by Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held in Holy Cross Church, Harrison.

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

Gene is survived by his daughter Jill, his parents Eugene and Mary Chup; his siblings Mrs. Ann Polukord and Frank; Gerry and Pam and Mrs. Pauline Soto and Anthony; his nieces and nephews Gary and Terry, Robyn, Ryan, Anthony, Jessica, Jenna, Kevin, Christopher, Holly, Shannen, Samantha, Christian and Luke; and is also survived by Joanne Turro and many aunts, uncles, cousins, back home.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Christopher Reeve Foundation, c/o the funeral home in memory of Eugene.

Barbara E. Egner

Mrs. Barbara E. Egner of Kearny died on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the West Hudson Post Acute Care Center. She was 70 and a lifelong Kearny resident and a homemaker.

Funeral services were held privately.

Mrs. Egner was an active member of the Eagles Aerie # 2214 of Kearny for many years.

She is survived by her daughters, Valerae Pearn and Robin Vitale as well as her grandchildren, Derek Peltz, John Pearn and Hannah Vitale.

Abbie Johnson

Abbie (Mair) Johnson, 94, a long time resident of Kearny, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, Jan. 21, at The Springs at Lake Pointe Woods in Sarasota, Fla.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, followed by interment at Arlington Cemetery, Kearny.

Abbie was born in Dumbarton, Scotland, and came to Kearny as a 9-year-old. She left Kearny two years ago, moving to Florida to be closer to her daughter Roberta.

Mrs. Johnson was a graduate of Kearny High School. She worked for Western Electric for 45 years and was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers.

She is survived by her daughter Roberta and Louis Bevilacqua; grandchildren Charles and Erica Bevilacqua, James Bevilacqua and Connie Bacon, Robin Bevilacqua and great-grandchildren Nora and Abbie Bevilacqua and Emma Tremblay.

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

Charles F. Kishonis

Charles F. Kishonis, 92, died on Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the N.J. Veterans Memorial Home, Paramus.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral liturgy was offered at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by entombment at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mr. Kishonis was born in New Philadelphia, Pa. He has lived in Kearny since 1969.

He was a Gunner’s Mate Third Class in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Charles was employed as a production mechanic for American Can Co. in Jersey City for 30 years retiring in 1975. He was a member of the Kearny Senior Citizens Club, Inc. and the St. Stephen’s Seniors.

Mr. Kishonis was the uncle of Diane (Katz) Coppola and her husband Anthony and their children Jessica and Alexa and the brother-in-law of Floyd and Ann Katz.

Baldomero Martinez

Baldomero Martinez died on Jan. 24 at the Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville. He was 66.

Born in Spain, he lived in Newark before moving to Kearny 38 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, with entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mr. Martinez was a longshoreman at Port Elizabeth in Newark and was a member of the International Longshoreman’s Association. Baldomero was a loving and dedicated family man.

Son of Rosario and the late Vicente, he is survived by his wife Maria Carmen Martinez, his daughter Christina and his sister and brother Oliva Cardona and Luis Martinez. In lieu of flowers kindly consider a donation to The Gilda Club. To leave online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Olaf J. McLeish

Olaf J. McLeish died on Jan. 26 in St. Michael’s Hospital. He was 86. Born in Carnostie, Scotland, he lived in Kearny since 1942.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by private cremation.

Mr. McLeish was a member of the Scots Club, the Ulster Club, the Masonic Lodge in Scotland and Copestone Ophir Lodge in Kearny. He was a retired machinist.

Former husband of the late Bessie Nicol Dorney, he is survived by his children and their spouses June and Butch Marshal and Ian and Robin McLeish. Brother of Cynthia Taylor, he is also survived by his grandchildren Carrie and Elizabeth Buchanan and Chelsea and Cody McLeish.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider a donation to The American Heart association. To leave online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Kenneth E. Russell

Kenneth E. Russell died in the home of his daughter on Jan. 26 after a courageous battle against cancer. He was 71. Ken grew up in Union City and moved to Kearny 48 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was in Queen of Peace Church.

Kenny was then laid to rest alongside his two baby boys, Kevin and Jonathan in The St. Francis Church Yard Cemetery in Narrowsburg, N.Y.

Ken graduated from St. Michael’s Grammar and High in Union City and earned a degree in economics from Rutgers University. He also held a Series Seven License and Certificates in computers from the New School in New York City. He served in The United States Marine Corps.

He started his career as a runner on the floor and eventually owned a seat on The New York Stock Exchange. Ken worked for several investment firms on Wall Street, most notably becoming a partner at Loeb Rhodes and was vice president in charge of arbitrage for I.F.B. Corp. After retiring from Wall Street, he began to write bids for Johnston Communications.

Kenny, an Eagle Scout, was involved in scouting for most of his life. He was a cofounder of the Pioneer Boys of America and is the board’s current president. He loved the outdoors and ran canoe and camping trips for Operation Friendship. He recently completed the Delaware River Soujourn, having canoed from the start of the Delaware to Philadelphia. He was active with the C.Y.O. and ran the carnivals at Queen of Peace. He was past president of The West Hudson South Bergen Optimist Club and is a past State Lieutenant Governor. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was most recently in his year of preparation for the Knights of Malta. Ken was trained in emergency disaster services with the Salvation Army and sat on its advisory board. He was on the Board of Directors of The Kearny Museum and the Hudson County Community College Foundation. He was a former board member of the YMCA. He was active with the General Philip Kearny Monument Committee and with St. Francis Church in Narrowsburg N.Y.

He is survived by his devoted wife Lillian (nee Kelly), his children and their spouses Noreen and Mark Wiggins, Paul and Karen Russell and Jason and Meriah Russell. He was the brother of Richard and the late Raymond; he is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Conor, Madison, Chloe, Emily, Shannon, Colleen, Miranda and Cordelia. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Salvation Army. To leave online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Jean E. Durkin

Jean E. Durkin, of Beachwood, formerly of Kearny, died on Jan. 29.

Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be officiated on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m. at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny. Interment is in Arlington Cemetery.

Mrs. Durkin was a secretary with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Newark, retiring after 25 years of service. Before that she was a Kearny crossing guard with her post at the corners of Elm Street and Stuyvesant Ave. After her retirement from Blue Cross & Blue Shield, she worked as a teacher’s aide at both Garfield and Washington Schools in Kearny.

She is the wife of the late Peter F. Durkin, Sr., Mother of Peter F. Jr. and James Durkin, Lynn (Bob) Sansone and Jean M. Durkin; sister of Muriel (Herb) Zack and the late Duncan MacPhail; grandmother of Pete Durkin, Becky (John) Spear, Mandy (Carl) Madsen, Donna (Alan Jr.) Masters, Andrea (Robert Jr.) Regan, Robert Sansone, Jr., Kyle, Haley and Faith Cook; greatgrandmother of Krystal, Cody, Gavin, Jon Kyle, Reilly, Alexandra, Jordan, Lila, Daniel, Mia, Gianna, Alan and Bobby.

In lieu of flowers, donation to the Salvation Army, 443 Chestnut St., Kearny, N.J. 07032 would be appreciated.

Robert Sullivan

Mr. Robert James Sullivan, 49, died suddenly on Thursday, Jan. 26.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet for the funeral liturgy at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 10:30 a.m. Cremation will be private. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Robert was born in the Bronx, N.Y. He lived in New York before moving to Kearny 17 years ago.

He was employed as an I.T. manager for Verizon in New York for the last 30 years. He played darts for Marty Gras in the Arlington Dart League.

Robert is survived by his wife Carol (Lauretta); his children Meagan Kathleen, Sean Michael and Lucas James Sullivan; step-son Giovanni Francesco Lauretta, his parents Raymond and Kathryn (Ludlow) Sullivan and his siblings Barbara Malabe, Bonnie Cirrincione and William Sullivan. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

Carmen Sandle

Carmen (Grassman) Sandle, 93, died on Friday, Jan. 27, in the Sunrise Assisted Living at Wall.

A funeral Mass was held in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, interment followed at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com

Carmen was born in North Arlington and lived in Kearny for over 40 years, before moving to Lakehurst. She lived in Wall Township for the last 15 years. Mrs. Sandle was a member of the St. Stephen’s Rosary Altar Society as well as a former volunteer in the St. Stephen’s School cafeteria.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Michael Sandle in 1988.

Frances A. Sinibaldi

Frances A. Sinibaldi, 90, died on Jan. 20 peacefully at home.

Born in San Francisco, Calif., she served in both the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army as a communication technician. While serving in the Army, she met her husband, Michael Sinbaldi, and moved to New Jersey. After living in Newark a few years, she relocated to Kearny, where she raised her four children. She worked many years for Western Union and found time to serve as a Girl Scout leader.

Frances, a Gold Star member, is preceded in death by her son Michael Sinibaldi, who lost his life in the Vietnam war. Surviving are her daughters Carolyn Doerr, Linda Lopez and Nina Burke. She also leaves behind five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services will be held in Delaware, where she lived for the past 26 years. She will be dearly missed.

Obituaries

Randy Barkowski

Randy Barkowski died on Jan. 17 in St. Michael’s Medical Center. He was 56.

Born in Orange, he was a lifelong Kearny resident.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A prayer service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation.

Randy was a truck driver for Barttlestone Glass in Belleville.

He was the dear companion of Kathleen Donnenberg; the son of Irene and the late Chet Barkowski; step-father of Joseph Donnenberg; brother of Bob (Aline) Barkowski and the late Richard. He is also survived by his two pals, Wishbone and Jazmine.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the ASPCA. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Frank M. Cardoza

 

 

Frank M. Cardoza, 93, died on Jan. 19 at home.

Born in Falls Port, Mass, he lived the majority of his life in Kearny.

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

Frank was a Naval Chief Quartermaster in the United States Navy during World War II and was past commander of the American Legion, U.V.O. and Amvets. He owned and operated Bendix Automat in Kearny for many years and was a Hudson County Sheriff’s officer and constable. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a founding member of the Portuguese Cultural Association. He was twice-honored as Grand Marshall of Kearny’s Memorial Day Parade and was the 2008 Senior Citizen of the Year. He was the third ward democratic chairman for over 25 years and was recently a member of the U.E.Z. Board and was Kearny’s Deputy Mayor.

Husband of the late Lillian (nee Kearns), he is survived by his daughter and her husband, Veronica “Sandy” and Jim Doran. He was the grandfather of Jim Jr. (Elaine) Doran, Brian (Amanda) Doran, Sian-Elizabeth (Bob) Schoendorf and Shannon (Ryan) Murphy; great-grandfather of Jimmy, Chris, Sianna-Lee, Lilli-Ana, Emily, Robert and Payton; also surviving is his beloved nephew and wife Butch and Viviane Puopolo.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. To leave online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Jack “Pin” Conlin

Jack “Pin” Conlin died on Jan. 20 at home. He was 53. Born in Newark, he was a lifelong Kearny resident.

Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive ,Kearny. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Jack was a crane operator for Sims Metal and Recycling in Jersey City. He served twice in the Army, first right out of high school and then re-enlisted some years later and served in Desert Storm. He was an avid sports fan.

He is survived by his sisters and their husbands Debra and Stephen Andrews, Diana and Jim Eggie, Donna Conlin-Sawler (the late Richard) and Denise and Juan Dominguez; also surviving are 11 nieces and nephews and three great-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider a donation to Kearny Little League c/o the funeral home. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Helene Poulos

 

Helene Poulos, (nee Hanna) 66, of Lyndhurst, died on Monday, Jan. 16.

Mrs. Poulos was born in Jersey City, lived in Kearny for 25 years, and was a current resident of Lyndhurst.

Helene was a real estate broker serving the West Hudson and South Bergen area for over 20 years, then became owner of Park Avenue Realty, East Rutherford, for the past few years.

She served as a director and member of the Meadowlands Board of Realtors and as chairperson of their educational committee. In Lyndhurst, she was a member of the Emblem Club and the Elks.

Helene is predeceased by her daughter, Renee in 1983. She is survived by her beloved husband, Dennis Poulos; her loving daughter, Denise King and her husband, Joseph; her dear granddaughters, Renee and Denise King; her brothers, Arthur Van Horn and his wife Linda and George Hanna and his wife, Barbara, and by many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held in the Nazare Memorial Home, Inc., 403 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greater New Jersey Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2 University Plaza, Suite 312, Hackensack, NJ 07601 or Vitas Hospice, 70 S. Orange Ave., Livingston, N.J., 07039

Please visit us at www.nazarefuneralhome.com.

Catherine A. Riposta

Catherine A. Riposta (nee Aruscavage) died on Jan. 21 in Columbus Hospital in Newark. She was 82. Born in Duryea, Pa., she lived most of her life in Kearny.

Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Catherine is the wife of the late Louis Riposta. She is survived by her daughter Dawn Callahan, her brother Philip Aruscavage, along with her nieces and nephews Joyce Delguercio and Nancy Chippendale and Nicholas and Louis Callahan.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider a donation to the Diabetes Association. To leave online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Bertha Skiptunis

Bertha (Rock) Skiptunis, 85, died on Jan. 19 at her home in Kearny.

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

Bertha was born in Center Township, Pa. She has lived in Kearny since 1981.

She was employed as a clerk at Engelhard Industries in Newark for many years.

Ms. Skiptunis is survived by her loving siblings Genevieve Stutz, Alice Fenton, Sophie Kurpell, Estelle Sofko , Edward Rock and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Leo and sisters Mary Dewey and Virginia Borowski and brother Stanley Rock.

Michael J. Tortorello

Michael J. Tortorello, died on Jan. 16 in the Hackensack Hospice. He was 40.

Born in Belleville, he lived in Kearny before moving to Lyndhurst 12 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. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Mike was a firefighter in the Town of Kearny and was a member of the Harrison Elks and Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife Sharon (nee Gilmore); his father Michael; his children Michael, Alexa and Gina and his brother Mark and sister Carly. His mother, Carol, died only two years ago.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to Relay for Life c/o the funeral home.

 

Obituaries

Mary Beth Arrigo

Mary Beth Arrigo “Mimi,” 46, died on Jan. 11 at St. Michael’s Hospital. Mimi was a lifelong resident of Kearny. She was an assembler for Pathways to Independence in Kearny and was an avid Giants and Mets fan. She belonged to the organization Hands of North Arlington.

Predeceased by her parents Paul and Mary Arrigo, she is survived by her siblings Paul Arrigo (Kelly), Kevin Arrigo (Christine), and Caroline Paris (Derrick). She was the dear niece of Sis Roarty. She left behind many loving nieces, nephews and friends especially the Yakabofski and Thompson Family.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Pathways to Independence. Condolences may be left at www.armitagewiggins.com.

William A Barrett Jr.

William A Barrett Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., died suddenly on Dec. 12, 2011. He was 67.

Born in Newark, he grew up in Kearny. He lived and worked in New Jersey, Minnesota and Alabama before moving to Arizona. His fondest Kearny memories include summers spent in Wiley Playground.

A memorial Mass will be held in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, on Saturday, January 21st, at 10:30 a.m.

Interment of his ashes will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, in the family plot.

Bill was educated in St. Cecilia’s, St. Peter’s Prep, NJIT and Rensselear Polytech Institute before returning to NJIT where he receiving his Doctorate in electrical engineering.

Bill was predeceased by his parents William and Mary Barrett. He is the loving big brother of Mary Barrett and the late Kathleen Buchanan Jordan. He is survived by his wife Jean and his children William III, Aileen, Patrick and Sarah; also surviving are 11 grandchildren and his niece and nephews Megan, Jonathan and Brian.

Alice P. Hahn

Alice P. Hahn died at home in Safety Harbor, Fla. on Nov. 19.

She is survived by a son Dr. Wayne Appleton of West Virginia, a daughter Alyce Donnelly of Florida, a stepdaughter Colleen Kelly of New Jersey, a stepson Jacob Hahn of New Jersey, a stepdaughter Bonnie Patterson of Missouri, eight grandchildren and two great -grandchildren.

William J. Higney

William J. Higney, 47, died on Friday, Jan. 6.

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

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

He was employed as a carpenter for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local Union 608 in New York as well as a proud member of the Irish American Club, the Scots- American Athletic Club and the Thistle F.C. all of Kearny.

William is survived by his daughters Jessica Higney and Jaiden Higney; parents Owen and Sarah (Mitchell) Higney, siblings Esther Jewart (Timothy), Mary Evanchick (Mark) and Peter Higney. He was the uncle of Ryan Jewart and Madelyn Evanchick.

Raymond J. Migatulski

Raymond J. Migatulski, 77, of Kearny, formerly of Wilkes Barre, Pa., passed away peacefully at home on Monday, Jan. 9, after a long courageous battle with cancer.

The funeral will be conducted from Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Ray proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a tool and die maker for Universal in Irvington.

Ray is a member of the N.R.A, the Elks of Lacey Township and C.W.V.

Ray is the beloved husband of Joan (nee Harland), devoted father of Marla and husband Robert Check, and step-son Scott Boyle. He is also survived by a large extended family.

Ray was predeceased by step-daughter Michele Boyle.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the N.R.A. or C.W.V., c/o the funeral home in memory of Ray.

Edgar Smith

Edgar Smith died on Jan. 13 at Clara Mass Hospital. He was 63. Born in Kearny he lived the past 10 years in North Arlington.

Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Cremation will be private.

Ed is survived by his wife Judith (nee DiSalvo), his children Edward (Dawn) and Lori (Mike). His sisters Barbara Currie, Edie Keating and Norma Boyle and his grandchildren Savannah, Connor, Chase, Amber and Vinny. He was predeceased by his daughter Debra.

Joseph A. Stuart

Joseph A. Stuart, age 75 of Effort, Pa., formerly of Kearny, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, Jan. 12 at the VNA Hospice House of Monroe County In East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Joe was the loving and devoted husband of Diane L. (Smith) Sniffin Stuart. They celebrated their 16th Wedding Anniversary on June 10.

He was born in Jersey City, on August 12, 1936 and the son of the late Allan and Jane (Toal) Stuart.

Joe graduated from the Kearny High School and attended Essex County Community College.

Joe spent 32 years in the demanding and courageous work of a firefighter retiring as Captain in 1992 from the Kearny Fire Department in Kearny. As a dedicated firefighter he ran numerous fire prevention programs for children. He also received many awards In 1985, he received Fireman of the Year from the Knights of Columbus, an Outstanding Fireman Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars and from the Hudson County American Legion. He was a member of the Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association Local #500 all in Kearny.

Joe was an avid Boston Red Sox and Indianapolis Colts fan. Help us to keep his memory alive in the places and activities he loved in this life. He loved animals and traveling with his wife Diane to purchase antiques for their Pyramid Antiques Barn in Effort.

Joseph was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Gilbert.

He served our country with dedication and courage in the United States Army in the states as a Military Police Officer.

We have been blessed with the presence of Joe in our lives and his wit and antics will be missed by all who knew and loved him, especially his loving wife Diane; his children: Joanne Armitage and her husband John of Effort; Stephen Stuart and his wife Debbie of Nutley; and Beverly Aprill and her husband Kevin of Brodheadsville; his stepchildren: Michael Sniffin of Effort; Russell “Rusty” Sniffin and his wife Diane of Kannapolis, N.C.; and Traci Dannenfelser and her husband Michael of Brockton. He was a loving and gentle grandfather to his grandchildren who loving called him Bup and Pa-Pa: Daniel, Andrew and Nancy Armitage, Michael Smith, Cassandra, Shane, Kaity, and Krysti Sniffin, Dylan, Jonathan and Mason Dannenfelser; his great-grandchildren: Brianna and Olivia Armitage, Jocelyn Smith and Ayden and Jaylie Sniffin. Joe is also survived by a sister: Rose Mary Myles and her husband Peter; a brother: Terry Stuart and his wife Nancy all of Forked River; and several nieces and nephews.

Joe was preceded in death by his first wife: Nancy Stuart and his siblings: Sandra Rosenback and Huey Stuart.

Funeral services were held at the Donald N. Gower Funeral Home, Inc., Route 209, Gilbert, Pa., followed by private interment.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made In Loving Memory of Joseph A. Stuart to VNA Hospice House, 502 Independence Road, East Stroudsburg, Pa. 18301. www.gowerfuneralhome.com.

William J. Turonis

William J. Turonis, 69, died on Jan. 5 at New Grove Manor in East Orange. Before retiring, he was a truck driver for Bell Container in Newark. He was also a former usher for Queen of Peace Church.

Predeceased by his wife Roxanne and sister Jo Ann Haag, he is survived by his children Col. James, William, and Corinne Turonis; brother of Lydia Newton, Eugene Turonis, and Cheryl Manley. He is also survived by six grandchildren Kirsten, William, Dylan, Noah, Kira, and Emma.

Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A memorial Mass for William and Roxanne Turonis was held at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by interment in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Queen of Peace Church. Condolences may be left for the family at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Obituaries

Susan  Bianchi
Susan  Bianchi died on Jan. 2 in University Hospital in Newark. She was 55. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she lived in Kearny before moving to Belleville 20 years ago.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.  A funeral service was held in the funeral home, followed by private cremation.
Susan was employed by the Star Ledger Newspaper and owned and operated two delivery circulation routes in Belleville and North Arlington.
She is survived by her husband Chris Bianchi; her children Brett Bianchi, Mandy Still and Kevin Strode; sister of Becky Elder, Mary Cunningham and David, Danny and Cindy Wood; also surviving is a granddaughter, Avery. Susan was predeceased by her daughter Shannon Strode.  To leave online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Jack Fitzhenry
Jack Fitzhenry died on Jan. 4 in Clara Maass Hospital. He was 74. Born in Jersey City, he lived in Bayonne before moving to North Arlington 48 years ago.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington.
A proud graduate of St. Peters Prep, Jack was a retired toll collector and also owned the Cedar Bar in North Arlington. He was a member of the Queen of Peace Council Knights of Columbus #3428 and was a Eucharistic Minister at Queen of Peace Church. He was a CYO volunteer and football coach. He also coached football for Boystown in Kearny. Jack loved his Irish heritage and was a member of The Ironbound Irish American Club.
He is survived by his wife Maureen (nee Meehan), his children and their spouses Brian and Donna Fitzhenry, Jeff and Kelly Fitzhenry and Beth Anne and Greg Fylak; brother of Lawrence and Kevin Fitzhenry and the late Mary Elizabeth Parks; also surviving are his grandchildren Brian, Thomas, Erin, Mallory, Mary Katherine, Sarah, Nicholas and Amanda.
In lieu of flowers kindly make a donation to St. Peter’s Prep or Queen of Peace Church c/o the funeral home.

Lena Gregory
Lena Gregory, 88, passed away peacefully with her niece Karen Davies by her side on Saturday Dec. 31.
Born in Harrison, she was a lifelong resident. She worked for ITT Electronic Systems, Clifton.
He was a member of the Harrison Senior Citizens, the Harrison Cancer League, and was the Harrison Senior of the Year in 2008.
She was the loving daughter of the late Jack and Louise (nee Trangone), dear sister to the late Ms. Dora (Ture) Tulimiero, Mary Nicosia, Ida, Nickolas, and Charles, and Jack Gregory.
Lena is survived by many loving nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews whom she cherished.
Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison, followed by interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Orange.
For directions, information or to send condolences please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Harrison Cancer League, and send to the funeral home in memory of Lena.

Doris L. Murphy

Doris L. Murphy (nee Shafer) died on Dec. 31 in The St. Joseph’s Hospice in Wayne. She was 87. Born in Jersey City, she lived many years in Kearny before moving to North Arlington 22 years ago.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The funeral service was held in the funeral home, followed by private cremation and burial.
Doris was a retired secretary from Chemplast in Wayne. She was very active with the Grace United Methodist Church in Kearny.
Wife of the late Dennis, she is survived by her sons Dennis T. and John L. Murphy; her sister Lois Blasco; her grandchildren Jennifer, Shannon, Melissa and Daniel; also surviving is one great-grandchild Zoe. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to Grace United Methodist Church or your own favorite charity. To leave online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Iain Junner
Iain Junner died Jan. 5 in University Hospital in Newark. He was 58.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he lived in Kearny before moving to North Arlington 30 years ago.
Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. To leave online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.
Mr. Junner was a head custodian for the North Arlington Board of Education.
He was the son of John Junner and the late Mary (nee McFarlane); he is survived by his wife Debbie (nee Costa); his daughters Jessica (Jason) Klein and Melissa Junner; brother of Anne Craggan and Janette Junner; he is also survived by his grandchildren Anthony, Angelo and Jason along with loving nephews and  niece.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the American Cancer Society.

Robert “Bob” Doran
Robert “Bob” Doran, 76, of Harrison, formerly of Newark, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, Jan. 5.
Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, Newark, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For directions, information or to send condolences, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.
Bob is survived by his devoted sons John W. and his wife Vilma, James P. and Eddy Carnevale, William M. and Denise, Kenneth J. and Peter Chattergoon; his dear stepchildren John, Janice, Dave and Bobby; his cherished grandchildren Melissa, Jonathan, Stephanie, John M., Love Elizabeth, William C. and Nicholas C.; he is survived by many step grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his loving sister Bernice Markowski, her daughter Kimberly Woods and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by: Sandra Ann (nee Kennedy), Dolores Bielaszewski and Robert, Jr.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Harrison Education Foundation in care of the funeral home in memory of Bob.

Edward J. Solinski
Edward J. Solinski died on Jan. 7 at the Cusak Care Center in Jersey City. He was 91. Born in Newark, he lived the past 40 years in Kearny.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive,  Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Stephen’s Church, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Mausoleum. To leave online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.
Mr. Solinski served in the Army during WWII and is a retired machinist from Stanley Tools in Newark.
Husband of the late Elizabeth (nee Pignatora), he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Judith and Robert Ryan; his grandchildren and their spouses Robert and Ann Ryan, Stacy and Nicholas Prato and Edward and Erin Ryan; also surviving are his great-grandchildren Angelo, Anthony, Michael, Nicholas,  Emma and Ella. He is also survived by many loving relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to Compassionate Care Hospice c/o the funeral home.

John J. McKenzie
John J. McKenzie “Jack” died peacefully on Jan. 7 at the Community Hospital in Toms River. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.   To leave online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com
Jack served in the Navy from 1946-48 and graduated from Seton Hall University. He is a retired accountant last working for Buchanan Products in Hackettstown. Jack’s gentle, classy manor and and unique sense of humor will be missed but always cherished by his beloved family.
He is survived by his devoted wife Joan (nee Hinchcliffe); his loving daughters Maryann Haberthur, Michelle Mackenzie, Maureen (Northern) Agens and Laurie Horn; brother of George McKenzie and the late Margaret Stoney; he is also survived by 13 grand and four great-grandchildren. He was sadly predeceased by his daughter Margie McKenzie.
In lieu of flowers kindly make a donation to Van Dyke Hospice c/o the funeral home.

Anthony Simone
Anthony Simone, 87, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 27.
Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison.  A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Holy Cross Church, Harrison, followed by interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For directions, information or to send condolences please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.
Mr. Simone was a lifelong resident of Harrison and, upon retirement, worked at Holy Cross Church for many years.
He loved his daily walks around Harrison and was known throughout the community.
“Uncle Tony,” now reunited with his parents and siblings, will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews including Jeanne Kappel, Harry Bataille (wife Janice), Anton Burwan (wife Kim), Karen Davis (husband Stewart) and William Virgo and great nieces and nephews Christi Kappel, Kevin, Brian (wife Lisa) and David Bataille, Gabe and Charlie Burwan.
He was predeceased by his parents, Rachel and Anthony Simone, his siblings Rose Duda, Anna Bataille, Carmen Simone, Jean Smith, Patrick Simone and Mary Simone.
In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to Hudson County Animal League or a charity of your choice in care of the funeral home in memory of Anthony.

Obituaries

Lori A. McGuire
Lori A. McGuire, 56, died at home on Dec. 28. She was life-long resident of Kearny. Before retiring, Lori was a crossing guard for the Town of Kearny.
She is survived by her companion George Pongratz; her children Nicole Neubig (James), and Kayce McGuire; her sisters Ruth Forfar (Alexander), and Joan Magenheimer; also surviving are her nieces and nephews Jenn, Shannon, Jill, Joey, and Michael Lane, Jacky and B.J Josko.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was at St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny, followed by a private cremation. Due to her loving care for children, in her honor, please make donations to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital www.stjude.org. Condolences may be left for the family on www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mark G. Wendaur
Mark G. Wendaur died suddenly on  Dec. 22 in the Meadowlands Medical Center. He was 62. Born in Jersey City, he lived most of his life in Kearny.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny.  A funeral Mass was in Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Internment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Mark was a field service engineer for Lexmark International out of New York City. He was a Boy Scout leader and loved geocaching, hiking and camping.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ann (Yuknalis) and his children Dan and Emily Wendaur. He was predeceased by his brothers Timothy and Kenneth.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to the American Heart Association. To leave online condolence, visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Una McKeon
Una  (nee Flanagan) McKeon was born in County Roscommon, Ireland. She was one of nine children.
Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Cecilia’s Church.
At the age of 18, Una went to London during World War II and worked in the aircraft factories. She often spoke of how hard life was at that time. She returned to Ireland to marry Thomas P. McKeon and immigrated to Kearny  in 1952. They lived in Harrison for over 20 years and were active in numerous Irish clubs and Holy Cross Church. Una resided in Kearny for over 40 years, she was an active member of the St. Cecelia’s Parish as a daily communicant until she could not walk on her own. She was a member of Saints Rosary Society, St. Cecilia’s Seniors, St. Stephen’s Senior Clubs and Henrietta Benstead Senior Club. She was the deputy grand marshal of Kearny’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in 2001.
She enjoyed many cruises with her family and traveled extensively after retirement. Una also enjoyed many trips to Atlantic City with her good friend Loretta Elliot.
Una loved her family both in the U.S and Ireland. Her home was always a haven for oversea relatives from Ireland, England, Scotland, and Australia. Her small apartment was a stopping place for many young Irish college students during the summer who needed a place to stay. Una never turned anyone away and enjoyed helping her extended family.
Wife of the late Thomas P. McKeon, she is survived by her children Mary Teresa Elliott (Tom Grodkiewicz), Thomas Declan McKeon (Eileen) and Sean McKeon (Francisco Pacheco). Her sister and brother Baby Cooney and Bernie Flanagan and her grandchildren James, Brian (Tara), Kelly (Colin), Brendon and Trevor.
She was one of a kind and she will be missed. In lieu of flowers kindly make a donation to St. Cecilia’s Food Pantry. To leave online condolence visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Beatrice Shurr
Beatrice (Hinkley) Shurr, 76, died on Dec. 22 at her daughter’s home in North Arlington.
Arrangements were by Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral liturgy was offered at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.
Bea was born in Jersey City and was a lifelong resident of Kearny.
She was employed as a service analyst in the Public Relations Department for Bell Atlantic in Newark for 27 years, retiring in 1998.
Mrs. Shurr was a member of Local 827 IBEW and the H.G. McCully Upstate Chapter 12 Telephone Pioneers as well as the treasure of the New Barbados Neck Chapter, NSDAR
She is survived by her children Mary K. Davitt (Craig), Barbara A. Santos (Carlos) and Vincent T. Shurr (Susan); brother Robert Hinkley (Betty) and her beloved grandchildren Tara and C.J. Davitt and Joncarlo, Olivia and Anthony Santos.
Bea was predeceased by her husband Vincent J., her son John V., and her sisters Mary Andrews and Kathryn Brodie.

Mildred L. Paszkiewicz
Mildred L. Paszkiewicz (Jackowiak), 76, died on Sunday, Dec. 25, in the Lakeview Subacute Care Center, Wayne.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A service was held at the funeral home, followed by interment at Arlington Cemetery, Kearny.
Mrs. Paszkiewicz was born in Gilberton, Pa. She has lived in Kearny for the last 50 years.
She was employed as a bookbinder for Horowitz/Rae Book Manufacturers in Fairfield. Prior, she worked in the same capacity at Economy Book in Kearny. She retired 10 years ago.
Mildred was a longtime member of Oakwood Baptist Church in Kearny.
She is survived by her children David (Ronize), Stanley, Jr. (Christine) and Shelia Dujinski (Ronald); her brother Thomas Jackowiak; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and her son-in-law Richard Schnepf.
She was predeceased by her husband Stanley and her daughter Debra Schnepf
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Creation Museum c/o Answers in Genesis, P.O. Box 510, Hebron, KY 41048 or to the Alpha & Omega Club at Kearny High School 336 Devon St., Kearny, N.J. 07032.

Paul Valdes
Paul Valdes, 79, died on Dec. 16, in the Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, Secaucus.
Private funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home.
Paul was born in New York City. He has lived in Kearny for the last 40 years.
He was employed as maintenance worker for Goldberg Realty in West Caldwell for many years. He retired 14 years ago.
He served in the Marines during World War II.
He is survived by his wife Virgen (Toro) and his children Paul, Marilee and Paul.

Ryan “Ryno” Wurum
Ryan “Ryno” Wurum, 23, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24.
Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave, Harrison. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. For directions, information or to send condolences, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.
Ryan is survived by his devoted mother Cindy (nee Crozier) and her husband Kevin McFadden, his beloved brother Michael and Kelly, and his girlfriend Suzy. He is also survived by Nick Mejia and many extended families and dear friends. In lieu of flowers, please make donation to Embrace Kids Foundation and send to the funeral home in memory of Ryan.

Obituaries

Maria DiGiovanni
Maria DiGiovanni (nee Trubia) died on Dec. 14 in Clara Maass Medical Center. She was 72.
Born in Bompietro, Sicily, she lived in Newark before moving to Kearny 42 years ago.  Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny.  A funeral Mass was held in St. Stephen’s Church. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum.
Wife of the late Joseph, she is survived by her children and their spouses Diane and Gennaro Bifulco, Giusseppe and Lisa DiGiovanni and Gino and Laura DiGiovanni, her sister and her husband Josephine and Joseph Incognito. Also surviving are her grandchildren Francesco, Margherita, Nicole, Victoria, Gino, Joseph, and Gia Lynn.
In lieu of flowers kindly make a donation to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be left for the family at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Bessie Dorney
Bessie Dorney died on Dec. 15 in The Chateau at Rochelle Park. She was 79. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, she lived in both Clifton and Kearny.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held in the funeral home, with interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair.
Bessie was a member of the Daughters of Scotia and used to work at Electron Technology, Kearny. She retired from Trionics in Wharton where she was a glass blower.
She is the wife of the late Richard Dorney and was formally married to Olaf McLeish. She is survived by her children and their spouses June, Butch, Marshall, Ian, and Robin McLeish. She was the sister of Albert Nicol and Annie McComish, and is also survived by her grandchildren Carrie and Elizabeth Buchanan and Chelsea and Cody McLeish . In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to Bryan Manor c/o the funeral home. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

John Soares

John Soares died Dec. 12 in Hackensack Medical Center. He was 82.  Born in Portugal, he lived in Newark before moving to Kearny 55 years ago.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny.  A funeral Mass was held in St. Stephen’s Church. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
John was the owner and president of Kessler Associates Prosthetics in East Orange. As a member of the U.S. Army he proudly served at the Walter Reed Hospital during the Korean War. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association for his outstanding work in the development of prosthetics. He was a member of the Bergen County Water Fowlers and Ducks Unlimited. In addition to his passion for hunting he enjoyed his membership at Kings Court.
Husband of the late Teresa, he is survived by his children and their spouses Lu Ann and Joseph Silveri, Lisa and Richard Roman and Anthony Soares; also surviving are his grandchildren Lauren, Lindsay and Joey Silveri and Ricky, Alyssa and John Roman. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to Little People of America, 250 El Camino Real, suite 201 Tustin, Calif. 92780. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

David G. Tietjen

David G. Tietjen died on Dec. 16 in the V.A, Hospital in East Orange. He was 66. Born in Newark, he was a lifelong Kearny resident.
Arrangements are by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 9:30 a.m. in St. Stephen’s Church.
Dave was a Vietnam vet having served in the Army from 1965 until 1971. After the service, he joined in on running his families business, Tietjens Deli, which was family run for 70 years and was a Kearny landmark.
Dave is survived by his wife Bernadette, his children and their spouses Heather and John Crist and Jason and Sheetal Davitt; his grandchildren Alexis, Madison, Jonathan, Saheli and Aanya. Also surviving are his nephews and niece John R. III, Mark D., Joanne, Richard and Kris-Ann.  He was predeceased by his brother and sister in law John R. and Joan Tietjen. Online condolences may be left at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Patricia Reagan Stahlin
Patricia Reagan Stahlin, 86, died on Dec. 13. Born in Kearny, she grew up in Harrison and attended Good Counsel High School in Newark, was a graduate of the College of Saint Elizabeth, Class of 1947 and later was recognized by the college with the Distinguished Alumna Award. She furthered her education and received her Master’s Degree at Kean University.
Mrs. Stahlin taught in Iselin, Manville and Harrison. She was active in the Laurel League of Plainfield, a past president of the Junior A’Kempis of Newark, an active member of the College of St. Elizabeth Alumnae Association and its Monmouth County Chapter and a longtime volunteer at Collier Services, Wickatunk.
Mrs. Stahlin was predeceased by her parents Thomas and Alyce Barry Reagan, her husband Frank in 1969 and her son Donald in 2006.
Surviving are her loving children: Frank and his wife Barbara; Clare Stahlin and Patrice (Dee) Allara and her husband Jack, all of South Plainfield; her daughter-in-law Kathy Stahlin of Orange, Calif.; a granddaughter Stephanie Dudley and her husband Derek, great-granddaughter Brooklyn of Corona, Calif. and her grandson Frank of South Plainfield; also surviving is her brother Thomas J. Reagan.
Mrs. Stahlin leaves behind her nieces, nephews, many cousins and special friends who were a very important part of her life.
Arrangements were by McCriskin-Gustafson Home for Funerals, South Plainfield, A funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church in South Plainfield, followed by private cremation.
Memorial donations may be made to Collier Youth Services, P.O. Box 300 Wickatunk, N.J. 07765-0300 or College of St. Elizabeth Development Fund, 2 Convent Road, Convent Station, N.J .07961.

Carol Ann Melando
Carol Ann Melando (nee Riccio) died on Dec. 17 in Prospect Heights Care Center. She was 68. Born in Bayonne, she moved to Kearny 36 years ago.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Carol is the wife of the late Lenny and is survived by her children Michael Melando (Lauren) and Sheri Sasso (Vincent), her siblings Louis, Frank and Jimmy Riccio and Janet DoPazo, and her grandchildren Hannah, Vincent Jr., and Carlo. Also surviving are her stepchildren Francine Melando and Christine Jungblut (Robert) and their families.

Anne P. Plumley
Anne P. Plumley (nee Fay) died on Dec. 17 at home. She was 74. Born in Kearny, she moved to Lyndhurst 49 years ago.
Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. in  St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Mrs. Plumley is survived by her husband Ronald; children Karen (Ronald) Luepke, and Moira (Douglas) Clay; sister of Irene Eckert, Kathleen Donnelly, Frances McGovern and the late Patrick, Eamon  and  Michael Fay, and Marie Blair. Also surviving is her grandson William.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Cheryl A. Raefski
Cheryl A. (Third) Raefski, 43, died on Dec. 15 in the NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home. 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral liturgy was offered in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by private cremation. Condolences and memories may shared at www.thiele-reid.
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Cheryl was born in Kearny and was a lifelong resident.

She was employed as a senior call center supervisor for Comcast in North Arlington and then Union. In 2001, after 11 years, she left to become the best full-time mom.
Cheryl thoroughly enjoyed coaching youth soccer and softball for the Kearny Recreation Department and being a cheerleading advisor with the Kearny Generals.
She is survived by her loving husband Darren; her three beloved children Madison,
Paige and Kyle; her mother Joan (Chadwick) Third; sister Barbara Dobrovics (Frank); brother Bobby Third. She was the daughter-in-law of Edward and Judi Raefski, sister-in-law of Jeff Raefski (Mary) and Jay Raefski (Kartina).
Cheryl was the aunt of Megan Dobrovics, Victoria, Jonathan, Nick and Alex Raefski and Madi and Luke Fahmy.
She leaves behind great friends like Margaret, Debbie, Rena and Bonnie to name a
few; many cousins, aunts and uncles and beloved cats.
She was predeceased by her father Robert C. Third Jr. on March 12, 2011.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Kearny Recreation Dept., 402 Kearny Ave., Kearny, N.J. 07032 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 42 Memphis, Tenn. 38148 or at www.stjude.org.

Obituaries

Cornelius “Neil” Ford
Cornelius “Neil” Ford passed away on Dec. 1, after losing his battle with cancer. He leaves behind a loving daughter, two adoring grandchildren, and many devoted friends.
A lifelong resident of Harrison, he graduated from Essex Catholic High School in 1972 and went on to work at several institutions of the Harrison Industrial Age, including Otis Elevator and Driver-Harris. He was a member of Laborer’s Local 112.
Surviving are his daughter, Kristina Ford, grandson Russell Kennedy and granddaughter Olivia Richmond, as well as many cousins and great friends.
The viewing was held on Dec. 2 at the Condon Memorial Home, Harrison. A memorial Mass will be held in the new year, so that out-of-state relatives may attend.

Alan T. Kennedy
Alan T. Kennedy died at home on April 7. He was 52.
Born in Kearny, he was a lifelong North Arlington resident.
Private arrangements are being made by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny.
Alan was a tool-and-dye maker for Standard Tool. He is the son of the late Alexander and Joan Kennedy and brother of the late Donald. He is survived by his fiancé Ellen Dunn along with relatives in Scotland and England.
To leave an online condolence, visit: www.armitagewiggins.com.

Alma D. Strauch
Alma D. Strauch (Gauch), 90, died on Dec. 6 in Arbor Glen Center, Cedar Grove.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The funeral service was held in the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 663 Kearny Ave., Kearny, followed by private cremation. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.
Alma was born in Kearny and was a lifelong resident.
She was employed as an accounts payable clerk at Midlantic Bank in Bloomfield for 19 years, retiring many years ago.
Alma loved her family at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington where she served as an elder and deacon, and was a member of the Canterbury Guild, the Presbyterian Women and the Chancel Choir.  She volunteered every year at the annual holiday fair on the first Saturday of November. She was also responsible for organizing and running the church rummage sale. She taught Sunday School for 19 years. Alma also served as a volunteer at the Kearny Public Library and was a former Girl Scout Leader.
She is survived by her children Janice R. Taub (David) and Robert A. Strauch; her siblings Frederick Gauch and Erna Moran; grandchildren Hillary Strauch, Jennifer Kissida and Timothy Kissida and three great-grandchildren. She was the mother-in-law of Virginia Strauch.
Alma was predeceased by her husband George J. Sr. and her son George J. Jr.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington c/o the Alma Strauch Fund.

Isabell Jones
Mrs. Isabell Jones, of Kearny, died on Monday, Dec. 5, in West Hudson Extended Care.   She was 81. Services were held privately.
She was predeceased by her husband Pershing Gerald Jones and a son Gerald Jones.
Isabell is survived by her children, Ronald, Barbara and Glen Jones and seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as her niece, Barbara Weir.

Michael A. Toriglio III

Michael A. Toriglio III, died suddenly at home on Dec. 10. He was 51.
Born in Newark, he lived in Kearny before moving to Brick 20 years ago.
Visiting will be on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Stephens Church, Kearny, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Mausoleum, North Arlington.
Michael served in the Marine Corps after High School and was a self-employed construction contractor. He loved fishing, hunting and playing golf. He was an avid Jets fan and enjoyed his membership at The Shore Acres Club.
He is survived by his parents Michael A. Jr. and Helen (nee Degnin), his sister Michele Regelsky and her husband Billy and his brother John Toriglio. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Shore Acres Club, P.O. Box 4221, Brick, N.J. 08723. On line condolence may be left at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Annie McGowan

Annie McGowan (nee Durning), died on Dec. 11 at home. She was 94.
Born in Scotland, she lived many years in Forest Hills, Queens before moving to Kearny two years ago.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. in St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, followed by internment in Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, N.Y..
Mrs. McGowan was very devoted to the Xaverian Missionaries and enjoyed her membership at the Scots and Irish Clubs. An avid ballroom dancer, she won many awards during her lifetime and had a beautiful singing voice.  On several occasions, she was given the high honor of opening the Scottish Festival in Holmdel by singing the National Anthem.
She was the wife of the late Joseph; sister of Peggy Alessi, James Durning, Katie Duffy and the late Sadie Young, Alice Pisano and Neil and Hugh Durning. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and their families.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Xaverian Missionaries c/o the funeral home. Online condolence may be left at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Robert Dignazio
Robert Dignazio, 52, suddenly on Dec. 9.
Born in Newark, Robert lived his life in East Newark and Harrison.  He was employed by JP Morgan as a senior system analyst.  Robert was a 1977 graduate of Harrison High School and attended William Paterson University.
Robert is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Renee (Lavornia), his children, son Robert F. (fiancée Jessica), and daughter, Nicole.  He is the beloved son of Robert and Thelma Dignazio; cherished brother of Donna Marie (James T. Davies), JoAnn (James Botch), Marianne, and John (Cathryn).  He is further survived by brother-in-law Frank Lavornia (Robin) and sisters-in-law Pauline and Marie as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and his faithful companion, Fluffy.
Bobby will always be remembered for his unique joie de vivre to “work hard and play hard”.  His many masterful hobbies included gourmet cooking, the stock market, horse racing and the New York Rangers and Giants.
Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison.  A funeral mass was held in St. Anthony’s Church, East Newark, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Camp Fatima of New Jersey would be greatly appreciated by the Dignazio Family in care of the funeral home, in memory of Robert.

Harry A. Sauer

Harry Sauer, 81, died on Friday, Dec. 9 in the St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark.
Mr. Sauer was born in Newark, lived in Lyndhurst, and moved to Kearny 40 years ago.
He was employed as a quality control manager for Becton Dickinson in East Rutherford for 35 years before retiring in 1997.
He is survived by his wife Frances M. (Rispoli), daughter Eva Turner and his sister Janet Wright.
Private arrangements were under the direction of the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home.

Obituaries

John Lindsay McClelland

John Lindsay McClelland, 87, died peacefully at home on Nov. 29 surrounded by his loving family.
John was a proud Scotsman who was very proud to have adopted America as his home. He lived many years in Kearny before moving to Lakewood seven years ago.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A service was held in the First Presbyterian Church, Kearny, followed by private cremation.
John was a repairman and installer for N.Y. Telephone. He was a member of The Pioneers
of America. A devoted church-goer, he was also past master of Copestone Ophir Masonic Lodge
and was past president of The Scots American Club, both in Kearny.
He was the devoted husband of 64 years to Catherine (nee Cowan), loving father of Arthur
McClelland, Mary Buist and Jean Bartholomew; and brother of Hugh McClelland and the late
Grace Stevenson. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Ian McClelland, Billy and
Amy Buist and Richard, Lindsay and Kate Bartholomew and his great-granddaughter Madelyn.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to Summit Speech School c/o the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.armitagewiggins.com.

John J. Reilly
John J. Reilly, 73, died on Nov. 30 at his home in Lyndhurst.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he came to the United States in 1964 and lived in North Arlington for 23 years before moving to Lyndhurst in 1990.
He worked as a pipefitter for Hoffman LaRoche in Nutley for 13 years before retiring in 2000.
He was the beloved husband of Patricia (nee McAveety), the cherished father of Annmarie Reilly of Rutherford and Pauline Rakowski and her husband David of Lyndhurst, the loving Poppy of Ava, the dear brother of May Gordon, Martha Pazikas, Margaret Linn, Patricia Watters, Josephine McBride, Anne Henderson and the late Bernard Reilly and the loving uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Reilly was a member a past exalted ruler of the B.P.O. of Elk Lodge 1992 and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Queen of Peace Council 3428, all of North Arlington.
The funeral was from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington on Saturday, Dec. 3, with a funeral Mass in Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. The cremation was private.
Donations in his memory may be made to the St. Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 95 Old Short Hills Road, 1st Floor, West Orange, N.J. 07052 or Alzheimer’s Association, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, N.J. 07834.

Charles J. “Hookie” Rossmell

Charles J. “Hookie” Rossmell, 86, of Vero Beach, Fla., died Nov. 27 at his residence.

He was born Feb. 20, 1925 in Harrison, and had been a resident of Vero Beach for 29 years coming from his birthplace.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II serving with the 54th Air Service Squadron in China and India.
Mr. Rossmell worked as a crane operator for Otis Elevator for 32 years in the manufacturing
industry.
He attended St. Helen Catholic Church, Vero Beach and was an avid Florida Lottery supporter.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Irene of Vero Beach, Fla.; son, Joseph Rossmell of Vero Beach; daughter, Annemarie Rossmell of Vero Beach; two sisters, Josephine Gardner of Toms River, and Stella Zaluski of Lake Hiawatha; two grandchildren, one great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by a brother,
Henry Rossmell, and two sisters, Anna Sweet and Jean Rossmell; and many family friends and great neighbors over the years.
The family received friends on Saturday, Dec. 3, with a funeral service at Noon at the Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home, Vero Beach, Fla. Donations may be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, 1317 King St., Alexandria, Va. 22314- 2928.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.lowtherfuneralhome.com.

Frances Travisano
Frances Travisano died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Dec. 1. She was 73.
Born in Jersey City, she lived in Kearny before moving to Glen Ridge 42 years ago.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
Fran is survived by her devoted husband Ronald, along with her children and their spouses Vincent Travisano (Annamarie), Philip Travisano (Andrea), Ronnie Travisano (Diane) and Laura Hurley (Michael); sister of Joanne Diglio and the late Nicholas Bongiovanni; also surviving are her grandchildren Paul, Chiara, Jessica, Nicholas, Patrick and Brooks.
Fran embraced life by working for others through her many volunteer positions. She was on the Board of Directors of Good Grief, was a founding member and past president of the Mastery foundation, she was a member of the Junior League of Newark and Montclair, the Mercier Club, Friends of The Glen Ridge Library, the Glen Ridge Woman’s Club, Country Club and Historical Society and the Montclair Garden Club.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to Good Grief, 38 Elm Street Morristown, N.J. 07960 www.GOODGRIEF.ORG. To leave online condolences, go to www.armitagewiggins.com.

Linda Whalen
Linda Whalen, 69, on Thursday, Dec. 1, a lifelong resident of Kearny.
Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. Interment was in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny, with a service held by the American Legion Auxiliary.
For information, or to send condolences please visit www. mulliganfuneralhome.org.
Linda is survived by her daughter Dianne Amos and her husband Scott, her nephew Brian Hartman, and a host of cousins. She is also survived by her companion Edwin G. Marshman. She was predeceased by her sister Carol Hartman and her “feline babies” Samantha and Puss.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Linda c/o the funeral home to the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 282, Harrison, or the Humane Society.

Obituaries

 

George Brown Ford
George Brown Ford, 73, of Jackson, passed away on Nov. 21 at Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood.
George was born in Jersey City, and resided in East Newark, before settling in Jackson Twp. 36 years ago.
George proudly served his country in the United States Navy.
Mr. Ford was employed as a truck driver by Paul’s Trucking Company in Edison. He was captain and a volunteer fireman in the East Newark Sherman Hook and Ladder Fire Company.
George was a communicant of St. Veronica’s Roman Catholic Church in Howell.
Predeceased by his parents, Allan and Jean Ford, he is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sara V. Ford; his sons, Allan Ford of North Arlington, George Ford of Baytown, Texas, Andrew Ford of Jackson, and Francis Ford of Jersey City; his daughters, Cathy Ford of Bethlehem, Pa., Margie Ford of Sanford, N.C., Maryanne Addud of Medford, and Sarita Ford of Jackson; his brother, Pat Ford of Lanoka Harbor; his sisters, Catherine Lowe of Rockville, Md.; Marylin McGowan of Toms River, and Jane Murphy of Kearny; his 17 grandchildren, and expecting another grandchild soon, and four grea-grandchildren; and his former wife, Margaret Tomasko of Sanford, N.C.
Arrangements were by the George S. Hassler Funeral Home, Jackson. A funeral Mass was held at St. Veronica’s Roman Catholic Church, Howell, followed by interment in
St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lakewood.
In lieu o f flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 1031 Route 22 West, Suite 203, Bridgewater, N.J. 08807.

Julia Esteves
We celebrate the long and beautiful life of Julia Esteves.
She was born in Pardilho, Estarreja, Portugal to Antonio Joaquim Vaz and Maria Jose Valente de Almeida on July 24, 1925. She loved telling the story of how her father did not register her birth until Sept. 2, 1925.
Julia had the pleasure of celebrating two birthdays for 86 years. Julia married her
sweetheart, Jose Luciano da Silva Esteves, who was also born in the same town.
They moved to Angola, Africa, early in their marriage but Julia returned to the home they built on Lugar-do-Lugar when she was eight months pregnant with her son, Jose Amilcar Marques Esteves. A daughter followed 15 months later, Maria Alexandrina Marques Esteves.
With brothers in the United States anxious to bring family members to America, papers where processed and the family flew to America on Dec. 5, 1967. Harrison
was the place they would call home and where Julia lived until her death. Julia,
a devoted Catholic, had a strong faith and other than her family the Lord was her daily companion. After her husband’s death and for the last 30 years, her life has been truly dedicated to God and her children.
The gift she always said was the most precious to her was time spent with family. She carried around a photo album of family and friends who gathered to celebrate her 85th birthday party for weeks afterwards.
Her face would light up every time she spoke of her granddaughter, Amanda Mae Cohen, and she never missed any opportunity to see Amanda’s performances or be
witness to her accomplishments.
She was blessed with a wonderful son-in-law, William P. Warner, whom she adored and two beautiful step-daughters, Jessica and Christine Warner. She loved to dance, she loved to watch Spanish Soap Operas and she love walking up Harrison Avenue to Holy Cross Church. She lived 86 years and seven weeks in good health, and only several weeks ago was diagnosed with brain lymphoma. On Nov. 26, at 8:18
p.m., the Lord came for his sister. You have given us many memories to keep you in our hearts….be at peace….you are loved, and you are missed.
The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m., following visitation from 9:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be held in Holy Cross Church, Harrison, at 11 a.m. Interment
will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
For directions, information or to send condolences, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Dolores A. Callaghan

Dolores A. Callaghan (Maccia), 76, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at her
home in Kearny while surrounded by her loving family.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home 585 Belgrove Drive,
Kearny. A funeral liturgy was offered in 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.
Dolores was born in Newark, lived in Bloomfield and moved to Kearny in 1966. She was employed as a medical coder at St. Michael’s University Medical Center, Newark,
for 30 years. She retired 14 years ago. Mrs. Callaghan was a member of the Kearny Senior Citizens and the St. Stephen’s Seniors.
She is survived by her children; Catherine Santangelo (James), Debra Taylor (David)
and Robert (Arlene); 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and her daughter-in-law Marcella (Handlin) Callaghan.
She was predeceased by her husband Donald A. Sr. in 1976 and her son Donald A. Jr. in 2010.
In lieu of flowers Dolores wished that you all enjoy life and spend quality time with
friends and family.

Robert A. Dobosh
Robert A. Dobosh, 59, passed away on Nov. 22.
Private funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.
com
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Robert was born in Newark and has lived in Toms River, Nutley and most recently Kearny.
In 1971, at age 19 he opened Bob’s Deli on Davis Avenue in Kearny, working there until
closing it in 1983. In 2007, he re-opened the deli under the name of Bob’s Again Deli where he was working until the time of his death.
He is survived by his children Stephen Dobosh of Kearny, Robyn Comer of Kearny, Stephanie Dobosh of Tucson, Ariz. and his brother Stephen Dobosh of Kearny.

James Patrick Dunrovich
James Patrick Dunrovich, 44, passed away suddenly on Nov. 21 at his home in Kearny.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral liturgy was offered in 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.
James was born in Newark and was a lifelong resident of Kearny.
He was an elevator mechanic employed by the International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local 1 of New York and New Jersey for the last 11 years.
He is survived by his parents John P. and Marion (Myles) Dunrovich and his two sisters, Marion and Susan Dunrovich.
He was predeceased by his brother John “Jackie” Dunrovich.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.

Obituaries

Bertha C. Arcink
Bertha C. Arcink, 101, died on Nov. 11 at Brighton Gardens Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Born in Paterson, she lived in North Arlington before moving to Port St. Lucie, Fla. four years ago. Before retiring, she was a bookkeeper for McCampbell Industries in New York City.
She is predeceased by her siblings Joseph Ardziuk and Ida Arcink.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, followed by a funeral Mass at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Treasure Coast Hospice in Fort Pierce, Fla. Sympathies may be left for the family at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Lenore Gans Bartner
Lenore Gans Bartner passed away Nov. 13 after 87 years as a devoted and loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother in Kearny. She passed as she lived her life – as a benevolent matriarch surrounded by a family based in love, togetherness, laughter and food.
Born on Aug. 1, 1924, in Newark to Louis and Jennie Gans, Lenore was a member and officer of Congregation B’nai Israel of Kearny and an officer of the Temple Sisterhood.
Lenore is predeceased by her husband Milton Bartner (1986) and survived by her sister Irene Lewis of Kearny, daughters Sue-Ann Sullivan of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., (husband Ed Sullivan, children Robert Sullivan and his wife Sarah, Lori Burns and her husband David Burns and their children Moira, Ian, and Claire) and Abbie Griffiths, Brick, (husband Randy Griffiths, daughter Jenna Griffiths), sons Jeff Bartner, Midland, Mich., (wife Cathy Bartner and daughters Lisa, Amy and Jenny Bartner) and Howard Bartner, Colorado Springs, CO (wife Pamela Bartner and daughter Margaret Jane Bartner).
Lenore served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1944-45 and was a member the Sanford L. Kahn Post 538 of the Jewish War Veterans and the American Legion, Kearny Frobisher Post 99. Lenore worked at the Louis Schlesinger Realtor Co., L and R Manufacturing, the Motor Club of America, ACT Air Freight, West Hudson/South Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Scandia Packaging Machinery Co.
Services were held at Menorah Chapels, 2950 Vauxhall Road, Union, followed by interment at B’nai Jeshurun Cemetery, Hillside.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Congregation B’nai Israel or the Temple Sisterhood, 292 Belleville Turnpike, Kearny, N.J. 07032.

Helen Orlowicz

Helen Orlowicz, 85, died at home on Nov. 18.
Born in Pennsylvania, she was a lifelong resident of Kearny. Before retiring, she was a bus aid for Cross Country Inc., in North Arlington. She belonged to the Rosary Sodality at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Kearny. Helen loved to go to Atlantic City and was an avid Bingo player.
She was predeceased by her loving husband John Orlowicz. Helen is survived by her cherished children John Orlowicz (Margaret), Edward Orlowicz (Charo), and Lisa Ostroman (Joe). Along with her eight grandchildren John, Joseph, Andrew, Kyle, Sean, Cynthia, David, Edward; also surviving is her loving companion “Ace.”
Private Arrangements were handled by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A memorial Mass will be on Friday, Nov. 25, at 11a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, in Kearny. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Kidney Foundation. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Norman A. Martin

Norman A. Martin, 88, formerly of Kearny, died on Nov. 16 at Brethren Village, Lancaster, Pa.  Born in Kearny, he was the son of the late John S. and Florence M. Ferguson Martin.  He was married for 67 years to Elizabeth A. Waugh Martin.
Norman served in the U. S. Navy during WWII. He worked as a chemical engineer.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Kearny, where he was a deacon, trustee, and choir member. He was a Boy Scout Leader for Troop #1, Kearny, for over 25 years and received the Order of the Silver Beaver Award.  He was a member of the VFW Post # 8885 in New Jersey and the Birding Club in Ft. Myers, Fla.  Norman enjoyed traveling and playing golf.
Surviving in addition to his wife are: two daughters, Karen E., wife of Robert DeBell of Gaithersburg, Md., Barbara M. wife of George Droz of Lancaster, Pa; two grandchildren, Daniel R. and Dana E. Droz.  He was preceeded in death by his brother, Robert J. Martin.
Funeral Services were held from the First Baptist Church 650 Kearny Ave.. Kearny, on Nov. 16, with interment following in Arlington Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to either the VFW post #8885 or Boy Scouts of America.
For other information or to send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at www.KASnyderFuneralHome.com.

David A. Brown
David A. Brown, 80, died on Nov. 15 at Community Medical Center, Toms River.
Born and raised in East Newark, he lived in Bradenton, Fla., before moving to Toms River two months ago.
He was a past president of the Irish American Club of Kearny, and in the Soccer Hall of Fame in Harrison.
He is predeceased by his wife Betty J. Brown in 1998. Surviving are  his three daughters, Elaine Brown of Newtown, Pa.; Linda Brown of Phoenix, and Mary and her husband Joseph Tunnero of Toms River. His twin brother John and his wife Pat Brown of Freehold, and his younger brother Richard Brown and his late wife Claire of Manahawkin; two grandchildren Connie and her husband Frank Barreto and Joseph and his wife Patricia Alfieri; also surviving is his five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 995 Fischer Blvd., Toms River. A funeral service was held at the funeral home with private committal. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Michaeljfox.org. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.

Mario Micchelli
Mario Micchelli, 91, passed away on Nov. 16 in the University Hospital, Newark.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral liturgy was offered in St. Cecilia Church, Kearny. Entombment was in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.
Mario was born in Newark and has lived in Kearny since 1958. He graduated from East Side High School in Newark in 1938. He served in the Navy from 1940 until 1948. After being honorably discharged, he studied photography and graduated from the Fred Archer School of Photography in Los Angeles. He returned to Kearny in 1950 and opened the “Little Studio” on Halstead Street. In the late 1960’s, he moved the “Little Studio” to Kearny Avenue where worked until his retirement in 1998.
He was an active member of the Kearny Afternoon Optimist Club an served as president in 1977 and 1978
He is survived by his wife Lucy (Attanasio); his children Maryanne Conte (Andrew) Luanne Vigna, Mario R., Jr. (Candace) and William L.; brother Slavatore Micchelli and his beloved grandchildren Cara and Amy Conte, Melanie Micchelli, and Alexander and Rebecca Vigna. He also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents William and Carmela (Stanzione) Micchelli and his siblings Roslyn Viggiano, Anne Carisi, Louis Micchelli and William Micchelli.

Debi Kazor
Debi Kazor (nee Richmond) suddenly passed away on Nov. 1. She was 56-years-old.
Wife of Robert Kazor, she was the daughter of Doris Richmond; mother of Dwayne and his wife Christine and Peter and his wife Lisa; grandmother of four grandchildren; sister of Darren and Robert, Diane, Denise and Donna.
Private services were held on Friday, Nov. 4, with private cremation by Condon Funeral Home.

Janet E. Eckel
Janet E. Eckel (nee Kington), 82, of Vero Beach Fla., died on Nov. 6 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, Fla.
She was born in Kearny and was a resident of Vero Beach for 40 years after moving from Westport, Conn.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years John A. Eckel of Vero Beach Fla., daughter Karol-Lynn Leiser of Staford Va., son Kurt Eckel of Black Mt., N.C.; son Kent Eckel of Plant City, Fla., sister Doris McCracken  of Barnegat; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren
Private services were by All County Funeral Home and Crematory Treasure Coast, Florida. Donations may be made to VNA Hospice House, 901 37th St., Vero Beach Fla. 32960.

Diane Riedel
Diane Riedel (nee Donohoe), died on Nov. 15 in Clara Maass Medical Center. She was 55.
Born in Kearny, she was a lifelong resident.
She is survived by her husband Charles Riedel, her children Layla and Casey Riedel and her sister Arlene.
Private arrangements and cremation were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Visit www.armitagewiggins.com to sign the sympathy register.

Andrew Kuklevich
Andrew Kuklevich, 59, passed away on Nov. 10.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, followed by interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
He was born in Newark and was a life long resident of Kearny.
Andrew worked for the U.S. Postal Service in the light package department in the Secaucus Distribution Center for many years.
He is survived by his son Andrew, one sister Catherine Patla and a grandson Michael. He also leaves behind two nieces and one great niece.

Rita M. Melesky
Rita M. Melesky died on Nov. 19 at home. She was 69. Born in Jersey City, she lived in Harrison before moving to Kearny 42 years ago.
Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Wife of Richard Melesky, she was the mother of Nancy Graham (John), Janice Campbell (Randy) and Allison Melesky; sister of Bernard, Thomas and the late Catherine Tuite; also surviving are her grandchildren Adam, Danielle and Erin. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the American Cancer Society.

Walter Gerard (Gerry) Mason
Walter Gerard Mason died on Nov. 20 in St. Michael’s Medical Center. He was 51.
Born in Kearny, he was a lifelong resident.
Private arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins funeral Home in Kearny.
A graduate of Kearny High School, he attended Jersey City State College. Gerry was a customer service representative for Fischer Scientific for 18 years and the past three years worked in the same capacity for Becton Dickinson.
Son of the late Gertrude (nee Durkin) and Walter Mason, he was also predeceased by his sister Joy and brother James. He is survived by his sister Jill and her husband Paul Wiss of Flanders, and his brother Robert and his wife Dorothy of Tampa , Fla.
He also leaves behind nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Online condolences register may be found at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Alice D. Komes
Alice D. Komes died on Nov. 17 in Manahawkin. She was 89.
Born in New York City, she lived many years in North Arlington.
She owned Tingaling Gift Shop in Kearny. She was also an executive secretary for The Federated Department Stores and worked at The NJ Law Journsl. Alice wanted to acknowledge the kindness and friendship of the Szpila family, Ron and Danette Graham, Mauro Greco, Mary Basner and Dr. Robert Hanlon and his office staff.
Visiting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.  Burial will follow at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Hastings on Hudson, N.Y.