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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Obituaries

Helen Del Guercio
Helen Del Guercio, (nee Pienciak), 79, of East Newark, died on Nov. 6.
Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave, Harrison.  A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
For information or to send condolences, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.
Born in Massachusetts, she graduated from nursing school at City Hospital in Newark.  She spent her career as a nurse working at City Hospital and West Hudson Hospital in Kearny.
Helen is survived by her daughters Tricia (Patricia) Fox and her husband Patrick and Sally Ann Craig and her husband Robert; her grandchildren Samantha, Gregory, Suzanne, Nicole and Robert; her great-grandchildren Elianna, Luis, Anthony and Brianna.  She is also survived by her sisters Jane and her husband Joe Bator, Gladys Neidenberg, Vicky Maki and her husband Joe, her brother-in-law Patsy Del Guercio and many nieces and nephews and their families.
She was predeceased by her husband Samuel, her sons Walter and Samuel J., her sister Mary Kuziel and her husband Steve, her brothers-in-law Richard Neidenberg, Joey and Tommy.

Jack Kowaleski
Jack Kowaleski died on Nov. 10 in Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville. He was 61.
Born in Jersey City, he moved to Kearny 35 years ago.
He is a retired U.S. Postal Clerk.
Jack is survived by his former wife Janice (Wood) and his sons Jack and Mike Kowaleski.
Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To send condolences, visit  armitagewiggins.com.

Violet G. McCartney
Violet G. McCartney, a lifelong resident of Kearny, died on Tuesday, Nov. 8. She was 85.
The funeral Mass was held in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Mrs. McCartney was a member of the Kearny chapter of AARP.
She predeceased by her husband Michael P. McCartney and is survived by her daughters Kathleen Ponte and her husband Gary and Marianne Chich and her husband Adem. Also surviving are her children GeriAnne McEvoy and Adem M. Chich.
The family requests donations in Violet’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38148 or www.stjude.org/tribute.

Mary T. Mooney
Mary T. Mooney (Fitzgerald), 77, passed away suddenly on Oct. 29 at her 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.
Mary was born in Kearny and was a lifelong resident.
She graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Paterson in 1955. Mary then practiced nursing as an R.N. at West Hudson Hospital in Kearny for 50 years. For many of those years she was the nursing supervisor. After West Hudson Hospital closed, she continued to serve in the same capacity one day a week as nursing supervisor at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.
Mrs. Mooney is survived by her beloved husband John “Jack” R.; her children Catherine Mooney (Michael Hodge), Robert M., John R. (Nancy), and Michael J. (Julie); sisters Helen Mason, Claire Leary and Catherine Zayas; and her grandchildren Elizabeth, Jack, Christopher, Clare, Julia Rose and Rebecca. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org or to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

Thomas O’Neill
Thomas O’Neill, 75, passed away on Nov. 4 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 in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.
Mr. O’Neill was born in Greenock, Scotland. He came to this country in 1963, settling in Kearny.
He was employed as a waiter at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark for many years, retiring 20 years ago. He was a proud member of the Celtic Supporters Club as well as the Irish American Association of Kearny. In 2004, he was named Irishman of the Year.
He is survived by his sister Jane Dornan of Scotland as well as his niece Kerry Carty of Parsippany. He also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

Judith H. Webb
Judith H. Webb, 82, died on Nov. 11 at Milford Manor Nursing Home in West Milford.
Born in Staten Island, she lived in Vermont before moving to Hamburg 21 years ago.  Before retiring, she was a nurse for Wayne Haven Nursing Home in Wayne. She was an elected Passaic County Republican Committeewoman, she was a member The Community Fire Dept. #1 Auxillary in Wayne for 25 years, active in the Mountainview School P.T.A. and was past president of the Hamburg Desert Storm Support.
She is predeceased by her husband Leslie J. Webb. She is survived by her children and their spouses Stacey E. Gennace (Dr. Ronald), Melissa L. Paicer (the late Kevin), Bradford L. Webb, and Jennifer J. Brennan (Karl); also surviving are her 11 grandchildren John, Gregory, Philip, and Lesleigh Gennace, Kim Paicer, Lauren McTigue, Sara and Tracy Webb, Erin Boucher, Amanda and Rachel Brennan; along with 10 great-grandchildren Christian, Gabriel, Victoria, Isabella, Wesley, Helena, Giovanna, and Téa Gennace and Joseph and Joshua Paicer. Also surviving are her beloved cats Sam, Zoey, and Oreo all of whom, have been adopted by family members.
Private Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Animal Rescue. Condolences may be sent to the family on www.armitagewiggins.com.

Janet M. Speirs
Janet M. Speirs 79, died on Nov.10, at Care One Nursing Home in Wall Township. A lifelong resident of Kearny, she was a clerk/typist for the Town of Kearny.
She is predeceased by her husband John Speirs and her two sisters Mary Lang and Nan Bennett. She is survived by her daughter Janet “Susie” McGeehan and her grandchildren Alyson (Brian Cole), Jaclyn (Shawn MacDonald) and Kara Lyn McGeehan.
Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held in the funeral home, followed by interment in Arlington Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Clara Maass Foundation, c/o funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Obituaries

Irene E. Otto
Irene E. Otto, 84, died on Oct. 28 at the Belgrove Post Acute Care Center, Kearny.
Born in Bronx, N.Y., she lived in North Arlington for the past 45 years.
She worked as the manager of the systems department for the Handy and Harman Company in New York City for 40 years before retiring 20 years ago.
She was a member of the North Arlington Women’s Club, North Arlington Senior Citizen Harmony Club and the Altar Guild and Ladies Guild of the Grace Lutheran Church, North Arlington.
She was the beloved daughter of the late Ewald and Efrieda Otto, the cherished sister of the late Randolph and the loving aunt Frederick, Maxine, Sarah and Hope.
The funeral was from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington, on Monday, Oct. 31, with a funeral service at Grace Lutheran Church, North Arlington. Interment followed in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny.

Theresa Nash
Theresa Nash (nee Gennace) of Kearny died on Nov. 4.
Theresa was the daughter of the late Rev. Anthony Gennace and Jennie Gennace. She worked for Western Electric and later AT&T. In retirement, she continued to work for Accutemps of Kearny. Fluent in Italian, she loved history, art, music and had tremendous flair for style. She loved spending her Saturdays “on the road” with her sister Jeanne.
Mrs. Nash was the loving wife of the late William Butler Nash, beloved mother of Steven M. and David J. Nash, step-mother of Cheryll Nash Heggins, dear sister of Jeanne Cure and Gloria Robertson, and the late Natale and Timothy Gennace. She is also survived by her grandchildren William, Jacob, Melissa, Steven Jr., Brittani and David.
Arrangements are by the Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service will be on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Roman Yaworsky
Roman Yaworsky, 86, of Newark, formerly of Ukraine, died on Oct. 25.
A memorial gathering was held at the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Friday, Nov. 4. For information, or to send condolences please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.
He is survived by his loving family.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Roman to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the funeral home.

Calixto E. Marques
Calixto E. Marques, 74, of Harrison, owner and founder of Plaque Art Creations in Harrison, died on Oct. 30.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War and a member of  Cubanas Unidas, Cuban American Veterans Association, Americans for Democratic Cuba, Miami Medical Team Foundation, Lobbying Committee United Cuban Organization and Cuban American Military Council.
He is urvived by his wife Minerva (nee Espinosa), daughter Belinda and her husband David and two grandchildren David and Krysten.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Diabetes Foundation.

Obituaries

Joan Jurczak
1956 – 2011
Joan (Joni) Jurczak (nee Sedorowicz), 55, of Pompano Beach, Fla., formerly of Kearny, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Broward General Medical Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Joni attended Kearny schools. A graduate of Berkeley Secretarial School, she worked as a legal secretary while residing in New Jersey. She lived in Binghamton, N.Y., and in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., prior to relocating to Florida 24 years ago. She was employed as an executive assistant for 14 years with LaSalle National Bank Brokerage Division in Boca Raton, Fla.
Joni was active in water sports. She was a member of the Cabana Bay Condominium Association and served as vice president.
Joni was dearly loved. Predeceased by her father, Walter Sedorowicz, she is survived by her mother, Dorothy Sedorowicz, many loving family relatives and life-long friends.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate her life at a Mass on Nov. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny. Donations may be made in Joni’s memory to a Humane Society of your choice.

Mary Sarafina (Rinaldi) Peters
Mary Sarafina (Rinaldi) Peters, 89, of Brick, died on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Meridian Hospice of Ocean Medical Center in Brick.
She was born, raised and lived most of her life in Kearny  and lived in Vincentown, before moving to Brick three years ago.
Mrs. Peters was a homemaker.  She was a member of the Marconi Club of Kearny and loved to cook, sew and spend time with her family.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 58 years, Joseph Charles Peters Sr. in 2004 and by her sons, Charles in 1953 and Kenneth in 1988.  She is survived by her son, Joseph Charles Peters Jr. and his partner, Margaret of Brick; a brother, William Rinaldi of North Arlington; a sister, Virginia Pastorino of Nutley; two grandchildren,  Susan Peters and Carolyn Lindstrom and her husband, Patrick; four great-grandchildren,  Olivia, Collette, Corinne and Christian; and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by Colonial Funeral Home, Brick.  A funeral Mass was held at St. Dominic’s Church in Brick, followed by entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.  Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in her honor to Meridian Hospice – 1345 Campus Parkway, Suite A-2, and Neptune, N.J. 07753.

Joan Marie Zarnowski
Joan Marie Zarnowski, 72, of St. Augustine, Fla., passed away on Oct. 19 at the Bailey Family Center for Caring.
Born in Jersey City, she grew up in Harrison and had been a longtime resident of Tyler Hill, Pa., before moving to St. Augustine in 1976.   She worked as a secretary for the St. Johns County School System for nearly 30 years, mostly at the Yates Exceptional Student Center and at Webster Elementary School.  She was an avid NASCAR fan, who especially followed Jeff Gordon’s career, and enjoyed watching NFL Football on television.
Joan was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, affectionately known as “GG” to her grandkids.  She was most happy when she had a house full of family and friends on holidays, or any day for that matter. Her cooking never failed to draw a crowd because of the love that she poured into it.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony “Woody” Zarnowski; a son, Richard John Bellini; and a brother, Daniel Christy.  She is survived by her daughters, Toni Marie Bellini and partner, Dawn Hale, Beth Ann Sullivan and husband Phillip, a son, John Michael Bellini and wife Melinda, all of St. Augustine; a sister, Barbara Jackson and husband Russ of Lyndhurst; sister-in-law, Dolores Christy of New Jersey; grandchildren:  Candace, Anthony, Ashleigh and Devin; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Madison and Kylie and her bff Eleanor Nerbonne.
Funeral services and interment were held in St. Augustine. Donations in her memory may be made to: Bailey Family Center for Caring, c/o Community Hospice of N.E. FL., 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. 32257.
St. Johns Family Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mildred “Sis” Carmen
Mildred “Sis” Carmen, 87, died on Oct. 28 at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. Lifelong resident of Clifton, she moved to Kearny four years ago. Before retiring she worked for Imperial Laundry for 63 years in Ramsey. She also worked at Deluxe Cleaners in Clifton.
She is survived by her sister Pat Rauche, and her niece Melissa Lasiw-Shah.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A service was held at the funeral home, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Condolences may be left for the family at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Obituaries

Philip D. Beaulac
Philip D. Beaulac passed away peacefully, on Oct. 11 in St. Petersburg, Fla., at the age of 73.  Born in Algonac, Mich., he served in the U.S. Navy from 1956-1959, after which he worked with the Merchant Marines. He and his former wife, Gael (nee Shumway) raised their family in Kearny.  He was an engineer for Essex Chemical Corporation, Port Newark, for over 25 years.
He leaves behind his love and life partner Jill McKnight, her daughter Victoria and husband Jay and granddaughter Bella, and his four children, Teresa Casadonte (husband Thomas) of Rutherford; Roy Beaulac of Sussex;  Philip Beaulac Jr. of Franklin;  and Yvette Beaulac of Princeton, Texas.   He was the proud grandfather of six grandchildren, Philip, Crystal, Kristina, Michael, Kathryne and Madeleine.
His spirit for life, love for music and entertainment, his laughter, warmth and compassion for others will be missed by all who loved him.  Burial and ceremony will be held in his honor at the Bay Pines VA National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Nov. 18.

Carolyn Mae Chaplauske
Carolyn Mae Chaplauske (Liegel), 77, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Belgrove Post-Acute Care Center in Kearny. She was born in Union, and resided in Newark before moving to Kearny almost 40 years ago.
She was the beloved wife of the late George; devoted and loving mother of Carolyn Bamber, Joseph P. and Viola Chaplauske, Ellen Lugin (George), Mitchell Chaplauske, Ann Mc Ewan (Stewart), Jane Ladd (Terry), Richard (Stefanie) and the late Kenneth and George Chaplauske (Rolland); sister of Harry Liegel, Viola Metrose, William Liegel and the late Marty, Howard and Frank Liegel; dear grandmother of Christopher, Jennifer, Jessie, Nicole, Edward, Joseph, William, Samuel, Jake and Zoie; cherished great -grandmother of Kaylee, Andrew and Jack.
A funeral service was held at the Shaw- Buyus Home for Services, 138 Davis Ave., Kearny.  Interment was in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. Visit www.buyusfuneralhome.com.

Elizabeth DeGiacomo
Elizabeth DeGiacomo died on Oct. 16. She was 91.
Born in Italy, she lived in Larchmont, N.Y., before moving to Cape Cod in 1985.
She was predeceased by her husband Nicholas and daughter Maryann. She is survived by her sister Addie Zumbo.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. Burial was at the Sandwich Town Cemetery, Cape Cod.

Dorothy Bleh Douglas
Dorothy Bleh Douglas of Westfield, formerly of Kearny, died
peacefully on Oct. 13 at the Overlook Medical Center in Summit.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 20, 1916, Dorothy lived in Kearny for most of her
life.
Dorothy was employed at RCA in Harrison for 11 years and Mandee Shops for 22 years. She was an 80-year member of the Grace Methodist Church in Kearny where she belonged
to the Harmony Circle. Other clubs she enjoyed were the Westfield
Community Seniors, Daughters of America, the arts and crafts group of Benstead
Seniors and the Home League of the Salvation Army of Kearny.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband of 35 years, James
Douglas. She is survived by her son Jack Douglas and his wife Kate of
Westfield, and her daughter Sharon Dorman and her husband Stan of
Virginia; her grandchildren Alissa, Tara
and Matthew and her great-grandson Charlie and one sister, Betty Hill of New
Jersey.
Dorothy was happiest when she was helping others and working
for her church dinners and fairs. 
Dorothy will be missed by all her family and all who knew
her.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Salvation
Army Kearny Corp., 443 Chestnut St. , Kearny, NJ 07032. Private funeral arrangements were conducted by the Bannworth
Funeral Home, Elizabeth.

Ann F. Rice
Ann F. Rice, 91, of Jackson, and formerly of Kearny, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Bartley Healthcare and Rehab, Jackson.
Born Feb. 7, 1920 in Kingstree, S.C., she was a daughter of the late John S. and Clinnie (Haselden) Frierson.  On April 12, 1943, she married John Miller Rice who preceded her in death on Feb. 8, 2004 after 60 years of marriage.
Ann was a First Lieutenant in the Women’s Army Corp stateside during World War II, where she served as a nurse.
A loving and devoted wife and mother, Ann lived her life guided by the teachings of Christ. She loved people and was a tireless volunteer at the West Hudson Hospital and for numerous other causes.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Michele Rice and Donald and Sherri Rice; five daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and Steve Paurelsky, Karen and Jean-Maurice Parnet, Jeanne and Al Narwid, Helen Patricia Carbone and Fred VonKoester and Ellen and Mike Melnick; four sisters and one brother-in-law, Sue Easler, Nell Altman, Ollie DeCaro and Betty and Rev. Charles Dawson; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held at Beaver Memorial United Methodist Church, Lewisburg, Pa., followed by burial with full military honors in Lewisburg Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local meals on wheels program.
The family is being assisted by Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, South Second and St. Louis Streets, Lewisburg, Pa.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cronrathgrenoblefuneralhome.com.

Nanci Von Tetzlaff
Nanci Von Tetzlaff died on Oct. 17 at home. She was 61.
Born in Woodridge, she lived in Passaic and Little Ferry before moving to Kearny 10 years ago.
She is survived by her husband Arthur, her children Randel, Brian (Emily) and Lisa. Sister of Russell Oltar, she is also survived by her grandchildren Donovan, Caitlyn, Emilio and Ryan.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Jean V. Pester
Jean V. Pester (nee Ness) died on Oct. 21 in the Heritage Nursing Home in Leesburg, Va. She was 98.
Born in Newark, she lived in Kearny before moving to Virginia in 1983. Mrs. Pester was a retired assembly worker from AW Faber in Newark.
Wife of the late Theodore O. Pester, she is survived by her daughter Jane Valentine; sister Florence Leonard; brother Jack Ness and his wife Gloria; her grandchildren Wallace Valentine and Heather Collier and her great-grandchildren Daniel Lee Collier Jr. and Ava Isobel Valentine.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Wednesday, Oct. 26, beginning at 10 am. The service will start at noon and burial will follow at Arlington Cemetery.

Stanley “Stash” Karchefsky
Stanley “Stash” Karchefsky, 86, of Toms River, formerly of Harrison, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 21.
Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.
Stanley was born in Eynon, Pa. He worked as an orderly at B.S. Pollak Hospital in Jersey City. He was a congregant and member of the Holy Name Society at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Stanley was also very active in the Harrison Senior Citizens and with the seniors at The Haven in Toms River.
Stanley is survived by his sisters Eleanor Roman; Dolores Shandars; Phyllis Macios and her husband Theodore; Virginia Siano; brother Chester and his wife Connie; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brothers in-law John Shandars, Edmund Roman and Al Siano.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Embracing Hospice Care c/o the funeral home, in memory of Stanley.

Obituaries

Mary Ann Cawley
Mary Ann Cawley (Roth), 67, passed away on Friday, Oct. 7, in the Southern Ocean
County Hospital, Manahawkin.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive,
Kearny. The funeral service was held in the funeral home. Cremation was private. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.
Mrs. Cawley was born in Kearny and lived in Harrison and then West Milford for 25
years before moving to Manahawkin nine years ago.
She is survived by her husband Howard Cawley Jr.; her four sons Howard W. (Debby), Joseph T. (Kathleen), John M. (Terrance) and Michael A. (Christiane); two sisters,
Gloria D’Agostiono and Susan Ross.
She also leaves behind 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Debbie Farrell
Debbie Farrell (nee Policastro), 53, suddenly on Tuesday, Oct. 11, of North Arlington, formerly of Kearny and Harrison.
She worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Mark Spierer in Kearny for the last 25 years.
Arrangements were by the
Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. Private cremation was held. For information, directions or to send condolences please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.
Debbie is survived by her mother Sophie Policastro (nee Dietrich); her husband Walter Farrell Sr.; her children Lauri Chavez (nee Farrell) and her husband Carlos, Linda Farrell, Walter Farrell Jr., Jessica Boland (nee Dunn) and her husband John, and Nichole Farrell and Renaldo Rodrigues.
She is also survived by her grandchildren Alyssa, Amber, Kyle, Jennifer, Andrew,
Briana, Matthew, Ethan, and Charles; her sisters Madeline, Susan, Ruthann, Francine; her brothers Ronaldo, Rocco, and Joseph; many extended family. She was predeceased by her father Joseph Policastro.

Angelina Nigro
Angelina Nigro, 80, died on Oct. 13 at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. She was born and raised in Newark before moving to Kearny in her teenage years. Before retiring, she was a keypunch operator for Goode Industries in South Kearny.
She is survived by her husband Carmine Nigro; her daughters Catherine Ravert,
and Laurie Speer (Bob); also her sister Mary Postal; along with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her siblings Millie, Frank, and Larry.
Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held in the funeral home. Entombment was at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Obituaries

Marie A. Amato
Marie A. Amato, 96, of Sandusky, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday, September 25, 2011, after a long illness.  She was a resident of the Erie County Care Facility in Huron, Ohio, since October, 2001.
Marie was born in Newark, Dec. 16, 1914, the daughter of John and Olga (Venturi) Amato.  She was a 1932 graduate of Central High School, Newark.  After high school, she worked in the payroll accounting department for nine years in Bamberger’s department store.  During the war years and after, she worked as a secretary to the general manger of Eclipse Aviation, Teterboro, and later with Pyramid Manufacturing Company in Union City.  From 1947 to 1968, she was the office manager at Agitair Products Corporation in Union City, and from 1968 to 1991, she was employed as the accountant for Universal Stationery in Newark.  Also, from the 30’s through the 70’s, she was a co-owner with her brothers of A&J Canvas Products in Newark, and maintained all their accounting records.  After 60 years of service with all of these companies, Marie retired from active employment in 1991.
In her private life, Marie was very active in many church and social activities.  She was a member and officer of the Sodality of Mary, the Rosarians of St. Rocco’s Catholic Church in Newark, and also served the church as a volunteer bookkeeper for over 40 years.
After moving to North Arlington, in 1954, Marie became very active in many church activities at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in North Arlington.  She served in many capacities in the Queen of Peace Holy Rosary Society, chairlady of many fundraising drives, served as a lector and commentator at Sunday Masses, was honored in 1976 for her four years of service on the Queen of Peace Church Parish Council, and also assisted the Queen of Peace High School Alumni Fund Drives.
Marie was also active in the Marconi Fraternal Association Women’s Auxiliary, Kearny, serving in many capacities and recognized many times for her dedicated service to the various organizations.
In between all her work, church, and social activities, Marie was an avid traveler to many countries including Italy, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Aruba, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Dominican Republic, Australia, Japan, China, and Hawaii.
She was very dedicated to her family, always being present at every major event in the lives of her brothers and sister, nephews and nieces, grand nephews and nieces, and great grand nephews and nieces.  No matter the time or distance, she was always present in happy and sad occasions.  She was “Aunt Marie” to one and all.
Survivors include her loving sister Johanna (James) Cundari, Sandusky, Ohio; nephews and nieces Anthony (Anita) Cundari, Norwalk, Ohio; Joseph (Giorgia) Cundari, Sandusky, Ohio; Johanna (James) Powers, Sandusky, Ohio; Maria (John) Horvath, Oxford, Mich.; John (Lee) Amato, Lake Worth, Fla.; Michael (Carol) Amato, Waretown; Dorothy (John) Gural, Waretown; Robert (Linda) Amato, Flemington; Allyn Amato, Alexandria, Va.; JoAnne Varneckas, Colonia; John (Donna) Amato, Rahway; Judy (Robert) Heck, Middletown; and many grandnephews and nieces, great-grandnephews and nieces and cousins.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Olga (Venturi) Amato, brothers Alfonso and Joseph, and sister Carolina.
Visitation was on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington.  Funeral services were conducted at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in North Arlington, at 11 a.m. on Sept. 30.  Interment was in Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery in East Orange.
Memorial contributions in memory of Marie Amato may be given to the Catholic Parish of the Transfiguration (formerly St. Rocco’s Church) in Newark, Our Lady Queen of Peace Holy Rosary Society of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in North Arlington or to one’s favorite charity.
The family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to the caregivers at the Erie County Care Facility for the help and companionship that they gave to Marie during the past 10 years.

Mildred A. Hacela
Mildred A. Hacela (nee Almond) died Sept. 27 in Waymart, Pa.
Born in Millburn, she lived many years in Newark and the past three years in Pennsylvania.
Wife of the late Paul Hacela, she is survived by her daughter  Katherine and her favorite son-in-law Robert Grusenski. She was the sister of the late Dorothy Sutton, Grace Treible, Dr. Harold Almond and Ralph and Richard Almond. She is also survived by her three grandchildren Ryan and his wife Elizabeth, Kathleen and Suzanne Grusenski; also surviving is her great-granddaughter Sophia. Besides caring for her family, Mildred also enjoyed the Ironbound Senior Citizens Club.
Private funeral arrangements are being handled through Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. If you care to make a memorial donation, the family has requested that you consider St. Peter’s Preparatory School c/o the funeral home.

Gretchen Hildinger
Gretchen Hildinger, (nee Albrecht) 94, of San Diego, Calif., formerly of Harrison, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland  Ave., Harrison.  Interment was in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. For information or to send condolences please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.
Gretchen was born on a Nebraska farm Dec. 13, 1916 – Dorothy Gretchen  Albrecht.  Her early years were little work and much play.  She rode her pony,  Flossie, three and a half miles to school; and in the evening, went for cows in the pasture.  It was a happy childhood provided by loving parents.
After high school, she moved to Montana with her parents, where she graduated from Eastern Montana State College in Billings. That was a happy time, too.
In 1942 she came east, and the following year was married to William  Hildinger, former executive director of the Harrison Housing Authority. Veterans of World War II remember Bill as editor of Goodman’s Scratch Sheet, a mimeographed newsletter mailed to armed forces from Harrison all over the world. Their marriage continued 41 years.  It was a very, very happy marriage.
Her teaching career was mainly in Newark. After a number of years at Dayton  Street School, she transferred to Hawkins Street, where she became vice principal.  It was a most satisfying career.
Bill died in 1984, and two years later Gretchen moved to California. At the time of her death she was living at Silverado Hospice in Encinitas, Calif.  It was a rewarding life from beginning to end.
She is survived by her nephew Henry W. Hildinger and his wife Patricia A. of  Chester, a grandniece Lisa Hildinger, her husband Michael of Andover, and their daughter Morgan, and a grandnephew Jeffrey H. Hildinger of Wilmington, N.C.  She is also survived by her cousins Barbara Lyons of Danbury, Neb.;  Verna Estergard of Orange, Calif., Pauline Dodson and Shirley Wolfe from Lexington, Neb.; Diane Nichols, Chandleir, Ariz.; Joyce Carson, New Barunsfels, Texas; Bruce Estergard, Garden Grove, Calif.; Carole Diebolt, Littleton, Colo.; and Janet Countryman, St. Louis, Mo., their families and her dear friends Mary Boylan and Peg McGuigan.
For those desiring, donations can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association in care of the funeral home in memory of Gretchen.

Maria Grazia Lombardo
Maria Grazia Lombardo (nee Vatrella) died on Oct. 3 in the Spring Brook Nursing Home. She was 82.
Born in Gasperina, Italy, she lived in Kearny since 1969.
She is survived by her husband Francesco and her children and their spouses Giuseppe and Elisabeth Lombardo and Rosemarie Lombardo Pacifico and Lawrence Pacifico; also surviving are her grandchildren Alessandero and Matteo.
Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Stephen’s Church. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to Alzheimer’s Research or St. Stephen’s Food Pantry.

Walter James Alexander Sr.
Walter James Alexander Sr., of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away Oct. 4.
Survivors include his wife Betty of 63 years; daughters, Carol (Charlie) Jaworski and Debbie (Robert) Allen; sons Walter Jr. (Kathy), Wayne (Lori), 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Harvey (Dorothy) and James (Maryanne); and sisters, Lois (Dave) McWilliam and Jean Heslen Dolce.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the chapel of Quinn-Shalz Funeral Home. Inurnment is in Jacksonville National Cemetery at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, with military honors.
Please visit the online tribute at www.quinn-shalz.com. Services under the direction and care of Quinn-Shalz, A Family Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

Robert Morton
Robert Morton, 83, died on Oct. 6 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic.
Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was a lifelong resident of Kearny. Before retiring he was an electrician for 55 years with Local 164. He loved his job and worked at it until the age of 78. He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church. He served in the United States Navy from 1946-1950. Robert’s favorite past time was playing the slots in Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his wife Gloria Jean Morton; his children Colleen Burgess (Tom), Elizabeth Cobane, Brandy Shamrock (Nick), Andrew Colamedici (Carol), Susan McLaren (Frank Shrimp), and Joseph Colamedici (Jennifer); also survived by 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to the Jimmy C. Scholarship Fund sent to Valley National Bank Attn: Julie Smith, 100 Central Ave., S. Kearny, N.J.

Mary Josephine (Jo) Weber
Mary Josephine (Jo) Weber (nee Hart), of Lady Lake, Fla., formerly of Kearny, passed away on Sept. 11. She was 79.
Born in Kearny, she moved to Florida in 1994. She was a bookkeeper for the A&P supermarket for many years.
Mrs. Weber is predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Edward A. Weber Jr. in 2000. Surviving are her children, Edward A. Weber III, Joanne Weber, Barbara Hall, Joseph Weber and Susan Nowak; grandchildren Kimberly Schmidt, Michael Weber, Daniel Weber, Jessica Nowak, Alexandra Nowak, David Nowak, Alicia Weber, Joseph Weber Jr. and Lindsey Weber; great-grandchildren Michael Schmidt, Justin White, Anthony White, Khloé Weber and Audrina Schechter; her brother Thomas Hart and many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, on Friday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at http://www.themmrf.org in memory of Edward A. Weber Jr.

Georgie Pena
Georgie Pena, 21, of Kearny, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
He is survived by his father Georgie Vega, his mother Daisy Pena, his stepfather Efrain Cruz, his stepmother Jamie Noak, his grandparents Ana Sepulveda, Migdalia Maldonado and John Gerena and the late Jose Morales Vega. He is also survived by his siblings Crystaline and Samantha Vega, Efrain Cruz, Matthew Vega, DaMarcus Noack, Jayden and  Brandon Vega and his stepbrother and sisters, Kayla and Alona Ortiz and Xavier Thigpen.  He is also survived by his uncles Jose and Angel Rodriguez, Reynaldo  Maldonado, Johny and Anthony Rivera and Jonathan Gerena, his aunts Sandra  Rodriguez and Glenda Ivette Maldonado; Georgie was also an uncle to Isaiah Jeremyah Araujo.
Arrangements were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison.  A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Good Council Church, Newark.  Interment was at Arlington Cemetery, Kearny.  For information or to send condolences please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.