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Obituaries

Ronald T. Chadwick
Ronald T. Chadwick, age 66, of Brick, died on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.
Mr. Chadwick was born in Newark, was raised and resided in Harrison, before moving to Brick 13 years ago. He was a tire serviceman for Goodyear in Paterson for 30 years before retiring in 1999.
He was predeceased by his beloved son, Christopher J. Chadwick, in 1984. He is survived by his wife, Veronica (Anzalone) Chadwick; his daughter, Kimberley A. Graves, and her husband, George Jr. of Bluffton, S.C.; three brothers, James, William and his wife Mary and Robert Chadwick all of Harrison; four grandchildren, Samantha, George III, James Christopher and Faith Veronica; his beloved dog, Bingo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the Colonial Funeral Home, 2170 Hwy. 88, Brick.  A funeral Mass was held at St. Dominic’s Church in Brick. Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Albert R. Clark III
Mr. Albert R. Clark III “Rick,” 56, passed away suddenly on Sept. 6 at his home in Kearny.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The funeral service was held in the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, Kearny, followed by interment in Waymart Cemetery, Waymart, Pa. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com
Al was born in Kearny and was a lifelong resident.
He was employed as a machinist for Wallace and Tiernan. After, he was a computer security analyst for Lucent Technologies. Most recently, he formed his own company named ALCO and specialized in web design and computer security.
“Rick” was a deacon at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington as well as a devoted coach of youth sports for the town of Kearny. He was also a member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association.
Mr. Clark is survived by his beloved son Albert R. Clark IV, his sister Beryl Van Blarcom (John) and his brother Joel Clark (Deborah). He also leaves three nieces and one nephew and several grandnieces and nephews. Al was predeceased by his parents Albert R. Jr. and Gladys K. (Kase) and his brother Bruce F. Clark.

Veronica “Vera” Dunn
Veronica “Vera” Dunn, 90, died on Sept. 3 at the Grace Hospice in Kingwood, Texas.
Born on July 8, 1921, in Kearny, Vera lived in North Arlington for 45 years before moving to Kingwood in 2005.
She worked as an executive secretary for Atlas Supply in both Newark and Springfield for 34 years before retiring in 1982. Vera was a longtime parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington.
She was the beloved daughter of the late Anna (nee Hanlon) and Joseph Dunn; the loving sister of the late Joseph, Edward and Mary Dunn, Ann Dooley, and Alyce Hennessy; dear sister-in-law of the late John Hennessy and Thomas Dooley, and the cherished aunt of Patricia Timpanaro, Kathleen Ferris, Ann Baillie, Edward, Robert and Michael Hennessy, and many great-nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
Vera’s sweet gentle presence will be missed by all who knew her. The family extends its deepest appreciation to the staff of the Terrace and the Grace Hospice, both in Kingwood, Texas, for their loving care.

Jean A. Grosvenor
Jean A. Grosvenor, 67, died at Belgrove Post Acute Care Center, Kearny, on Sept. 20.
Born in Manhattan, N.Y., she lived in the Bronx before moving to Kearny in 1971.
She is predeceased by her parents Oscar Kruger and Mary Murphy. She is survived by her husband Edward T. Grosvenor, her children Thomas K. Grosvenor and Catherine Lynch, and also survived by her sister Rita Kane and her two grandchildren Matt and Ellie.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A service was held at the funeral home, followed by private cremation.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital or St. Barnabas Hospice.

Saverio Macrina
Saverio Macrina, 61, died on Sept. 20 at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. Born in Gasperina, Italy, he immigrated to Kearny in 1970.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Project Genesis Foundation.

Thomas Scafuri
Mr. Thomas Scafuri, 63, passed away on Sept. 13 in the Morris Hills Care Center, Morristown.
Thomas was born in Jersey City and was a lifelong resident of Kearny.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 until 1974.
Mr. Scafuri was a driver for Schuyler Cab Company in Kearny for many years, retiring two years ago.
He is survived by his siblings Susan Scafuri, Sharyn Brohm, Michael Scafuri, Kathleen Kwiatkowski and Janet Lesser.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.
Private arrangements were under the direction of the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, Kearny.

Eugeniusz (aka) Eugene Zajkowski
Eugeniusz (aka) Eugene Zajkowski, 92, died on Sept. 20 at Franklin Nursing Home in Flushing, N.Y.
Born in Las Toczylowo, Poland, he immigrated to the United States in 1952. He was a machinist for Stanley Plastics in Harrison. He was a member of the Polish Army Veterans Association of America and the American Legion. He was a founding member for the National Law Enforcement Museum and Man of the Year for the Henrietta Benstead Senior Citizen Center. He was a member of St. Stephen’s Seniors and the West Hudson Council for the Handicapped.
He was predeceased by his first wife Janina Zajkowski and his second wife Dolores Zajkowski and siblings Edward, Czeslawa, Marianna, and Leokadia. He is survived by his daughters Eugenia Wadolowska and Wanda Krynicka, his two grandchildren in the U.S., Iwona (Jaroslaw) and Krzysztof, and four grandchildren in Poland; also survived by two great-grandchildren in the U.S., Natalie and Patrick, and eight great-grandchildren in Poland.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was at St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Richard M. Clancy
Richard M. Clancy “Clancy” died on Sept. 22 at home. He was 54.
Born in Newark, he lived most of his life in Kearny. Clancy was a bartender at R Gang and also was an alarm inspector for ADT.
Son of the late Richard and Mary (McNamara) Clancy, he is survived by his sister and brother and their spouses Maureen and Irving Solero and Michael and Kathleen Clancy. He was the uncle of Colin and Shannon. He was predeceased by his brother John.
Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clara Maass Medical Center.

Benjamin Colaneri
Benjamin Colaneri, 89, of Kearny, formerly of Harrison and East Newark, died on Sept. 22.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny.  Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Mr. Colaneri was the founder and owner of Varsity Cleaners, Harrison, for 33 years retiring in 1978.  After his retirement, he was a real estate agent with Arlington Realty, Kearny.
He was a technician fifth grade in the Army during World War II.  He was a member of the Optimist Club, Knights of Columbus and the VFW, all of Harrison.
He was the beloved husband of the late Lillian De Troia Colaneri, father of Benjamin, Robert (Susan) and Michael Colaneri; brother of Felix Colaneri and Ann De Brango; grandfather of David and Daniel Colaneri and Kristin (Scott) Colaneri-Campbell.

John “Jack” Stuart
John “Jack” Stuart died Sept. 23 in Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. He was 75.
Born in Port Glasgow, Scotland, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1962. He lived in Kearny before moving to Clifton 25 years ago.
Jack served in the British Merchant Marines, was an avid soccer fan, always enjoying his favorite Glasgow Celtics. He was a member of the Irish American and the Celtic supporters, having served as their treasurer, both in Kearny. He attended Mass for many years at the Holy Face Monastery.
Son of the late Donald and Elizabeth, he is survived by his loving companion and her daughter Ann and Arlene Murin. He was the loving Poppy to Tracey, Kailey, Kelsy and Kara. Jack is also the brother of Donald and James Stuart, Ann Bradley, Myra Morrison and the late George and Derick Stuart and Betty Ryan.
Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held in the funeral home. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Margaret L. Pisciotta
Margaret L. Pisciotta (Elliot), 70, passed away on Friday, Sept, 23, at her home in Kearny.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Liturgy will be offered in St. Cecilia Church, Kearny. Cremation was in Rosedale Crematory, Montclair. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.
Margaret was born in Union and was a lifelong Kearny resident.
She is survived by her sons Michael T. and Robert K.; grandchildren Michael, Lauren and Bobby Margaret was predeceased by her husband Michael V. in 2004.

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Josephine Daily
Josephine Daily (nee Dolan) died on Sept. 13 at home. She was 95.
Born in Newark, she lived in Kearny before moving to Nutley three years ago. Mrs. Daily was a retired bookkeeper from A.L. Wilson in Kearny.
Devoted wife for 68 years to the late Peter Daily, she is survived by her loving children and their spouses Marianne and Russell Titus, Peter and Carole Daily and Janet and Jack Fenwick; her grandchildren Lisa (Mario), Russell (Lauren), Kim (Tim), Nancy (Sal), Janet (Jason), Amy (Kelly), John (Amy), Dave, Jenny (April), Chris and Michael. She is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren and was predeceased by her siblings Francis and Andrew Dolan and Veronica Lynskey.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Peter’s Church in Belleville. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum. If you care to make a memorial donation, the family requests that you consider the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Stanley Szczepkowski
Stanley Szczepkowski, 83, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at his home in Harrison.
Born in Poland, he lived most of his life in Harrison.
Stanley work as a maintenance worker for the Harrison Housing Department, Harrison, for 20 years, retiring in 1993.
He is survived by his dear friend Carol Swientnicki, his former wife Henrietta, daughter Joanne Sollitto, granddaughter Ashley Sollitto and his sister Sophie Dellock. He is also survived by his niece Susan Paolini and her husband Gary.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by private cremation.  To send condolences, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.
For those desiring, donations can be made to the Harrison Cancer League in care of the funeral home in memory of Stanley.

Helen I. Magdon
Helen I. Magdon, 91, died on Sept. 14 in St. Michael’s Medical Center.
Born in Pennsylvania, she lived in East Newark before moving to Kearny 17 years ago. Before retiring, she was a receptionist for the Pollock Hospital in Jersey City.
Predeceased by her son David Magdon, she is survived by her dear friend Barbara, Jen, Angel and Frankie, along with all her other Brighton Avenue neighbors.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held in the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. Helen’s cremains will be buried with her son David at Arlington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the ASPCA.

Jean A. Mitchell
Jean A. Mitchell, 82, died at home on Sept. 13.
Born in Canton, Ohio, she lived in Staten Island, N.Y, before moving to Kearny 18 years ago.
She is predeceased by her husband Matthew Mitchell and her parents Frank and Rachel Good. She is survived by her daughter Paula and her husband Bill Hyland.
Private arrangements were made by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.

Glenn M. Incitti
Glenn M. Incitti, 53, of Scranton, Pa., passed Tuesday, Sept. 6, at his mother’s home in Toms River. A beautiful service was held for him in Toms River on Sept. 8 and 9. Glenn lived in Kearny for most of his life before moving to Scranton in 1996. He was the owner and administrator of a sober home in Scranton, which was a safe haven for many people with addictions. He started his rescue in 1996.
Glenn is survived by his mother, Audrey Incitti, of Toms River; his father, Joseph Incitti, of Kearny; one brother, Joseph, of New Egypt; his sisters Julie Butrymowicz of Toms River and Paula Cavalier of Kearny. He has three nephews, Billy, Kyle, and Michael, and his niece, Jessica.

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Jeffrey Ai
Jeffrey Ai died peacefully at Overlook Hospital on Sept. 5. He was only 12 years old.
Born in Newark, he was a lifelong Kearny resident. Jeffrey was a student at Washington School in Kearny and loved the Yankees, Pokemon games, Yu-Gi-Oh cards, Legos, Nintendo, and  Wii/.D.S.
He leaves behind his parents Junfeng Ai and Zhen (Lily) Li, his stepbrother Charles Ai and loving family in China.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A Buddhist funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Valarie Fund c/o the funeral home would be appreciated.

Cecilia B. Cochrane
Cecilia B. Cochrane died on Sept. 3 at home. She was 73.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, she immigrated to Kearny 54 years ago.
Ceil was a sales clerk at Mid Town Pharmacy and was a former member of the Woman’s Auxiliary at The Scots and The Irish Clubs in Kearny.
She is survived by her husband Victor and her children Debbie Zagola (Dominick), Steven (Evelina) and Christopher. Her son Victor died in 1996. Sister of Ellen McLaren, Hannah Evitt and Teresa Fowler, she is also survived by her grandchildren Shane, Caitlin, Sheila, Brianna, Zac, Kylene, Mikayla, Victor and Chelsey; her great grandson Victor, and the Dunston and Silvers families.
Ceil’s family lovingly thanks all the dear friends and neighbors for all their concern and help.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Cecilia’s Church. Ceil was laid to rest with her son Victor at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to St Barnabas Hospice.

Margaret Parry
Margaret Parry died on Sept. 3 at the Belgrove Post Acute Care Center in Kearny. She was a lifelong resident of Kearny.
Before retiring, she was a teller for the Kearny Federal Savings Bank.
She was predeceased by her husband Thomas J. Parry, her parents George and Amelia Ellwood, her brother Robert Ellwood, her son Thomas M. and grandson Thomas J. Parry. She is survived by her son George; daughter-in-law Donna Parry; her grandchildren Roanne Valente (Victor), Dionna Duarte (Chris) and Amelia; along with her great-grandchildren Nico Thomas, Tommi Rose, Christian Hudson, and Charli Reese.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A service was held in the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the First United Methodist Church c/o the funeral home.

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Charles J. Dutka Jr.
Charles J. Dutka Jr., 80, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 28, in Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.
Arrangements were by Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered in St. Cecilia Church, Kearny. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.
Charles was born in Jersey City and lived in Kearny his whole life.
He earned his B.S. in business administration from St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, in 1954. After graduating, he was employed as an accountant for Home Insurance Co. in New York City. He retired in 1965.
Mr. Dutka was an assistant Boy Scout leader in Kearny for Troop # 17.
Charles is survived by his brother Bernard Dutka and his sister Emily M. Sawyer and her husband Ronald.

Angelina Cirz
Angelina Cirz (DiStefano), 92, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27, in the Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral liturgy was offered in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Interment followed in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.
Angelina was born in Kearny and lived there for many years before moving to the Jersey Shore 18 years ago.
She is survived by her children Beverly Randall (Michael) and Edward W. Cirz Jr. (Patricia); five grandchildren Robert Cirz, Anthony Cirz, Jeffrey Cirz, Stephen Randall and Michele Randall; five great-grandchildren Alexis, Chelisie, Nicholas, Kyle and Megamme.

Marie C. McCarthy
Marie C. McCarthy, 83, died at Hampton Ridge Rehab Center on Aug. 27. Born in Kearny, Marie lived in Kearny and North Arlington for many years before moving to Toms River in 1997.
She is survived by her loving husband Bernard; cherished children Brian, Jack (Jeanette) and Karen (John) Weins; along with her siblings Sheila Gray, Fr. Colman McGarril, Frances Gillespie and Ann O’Dea; also surviving are her five grandchildren Mary Catherine, Meghan, John, Brian and Jamie.
Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church in Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Franciscan Friars T.O.R. St. Francis Friary, P.O. Box 500, Loretto, PA. 15940.

Emilia Rivero
Emilia Rivero, 89, died at home on Aug. 27. Born in Hoznayo, Spain, she lived in Harrison before moving to Warren four years ago.
Predeceased by her husband Angel Rivero, she is survived by her son Ruben and his wife Maria. She was the sister of Isabel Caballero and Jose, Carmen and Aurora Martinez. She is also survived by two grandchildren David and Steven.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Newark. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Harold H. Rothenburger
Harold H. Rothenburger, 80, died on Aug. 29 in Belgrove Post Accute Care Center in Kearny.
Born in Orange, he lived in Newark before moving to Kearny 38 years ago. Harold was a retired clerk from Teledyne in Clifton.
He was the husband of the late Pamela M. (Silkie) and brother of the late Elmer Rothenburger. He is survived by his father and mother-in-law Thomas and Dorothy Silkie; his sisters and brother-in-law Dorothy Hemenway and Caryn, Linda and Thomas Silkie and his cousin Christine Geiser.
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 in North Arlington.

Agata Patane
Agata Patane, of Kearny, died on Aug. 23.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery, Queens, N.Y.

Anita B. Marshall
Anita B. Marshall died on Sept. 1 at home. She was 92.
Born in Kearny, she moved to Montville from Little Falls in 1960.  Mrs. Marshall was a secretary for Prudential in Newark and was a member of the Woman’s Auxiliary of the VFW and American Legion and was the secretary at Grace United Methodist Church, all in Kearny.
Wife of the late David, she is survived by her children Rodman Marshall, Lesley Kauffman and David Marshall III; her sister Isabelle Branwell; four grandchildren many great-grandchildren and her niece and nephew Wendy Cerco and Alan Branwell.
Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held in the funeral home, followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery in Kearny. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to Montville Animal Shelter, 195 Changebridge Road, Montville, N.J. 07045.

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Aldona Bagniewski

Aldona Bagniewski, “Mitzie” (nee Mileskay) of Harrison, beloved wife of the late Edward, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Aug. 23,  surrounded by her loving family.
Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331  Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady Of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
For information, directions or to send condolences please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.
Born in Forest City, Pa., Aldona resided in Harrison for over 60 years.
Aldona was a Navy veteran of World War II and upon her discharge in 1946 began a career with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Newark,  retiring in 1982.  She was a member of Holy Cross Seniors, Harrison Seniors, East Newark Seniors, Our Lady Of Czestochowa Rosary Altar Society, American Legion Albert Ettlin Post 36 East Newark and Knights of  Columbus Women’s Auxiliary.
She is survived by her devoted children Ed and his wife Christine and Mary Ann Gibki and her husband Stephen; her cherished grandchildren Kari, Mark, Stephanie and Stephen; also survived by her devoted sisters Ceil Barechio, Veronica Kuchinsky and Marion Sellitto and aunt to many nieces, nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her brother Joseph Miles and sister Jeanne Shalna.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion  in care of the  funeral home in memory of “Mitzie.”

Thomas Bellmer
Thomas Bellmer died on April 15, 2011, at home. He was 67.
Born in Germany, he lived in Kearny for many years. He was a retired machinist.
Private cremation and service conducted through the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny.

Elsie Gogal
Elsie Gogal (Cisco), 85, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 17, in the Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.
Elsie was born in Newark and had lived in Kearny for the past 62 years.
Elsie was survived by her husband Frank; one daughter Susan DiIorio (Rich); one son Frank Gogal Jr.; her siblings Alexander Cisco and Lillian Duffy and two grandchildren Alexandra and Jonathan DiIorio.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or at www.stjude.org/donate.

Vitorino P. Luis
Vitorino P. Luis, 68, died at home on Aug. 23.
Born in Sao Domingos, Portugal, Vitorino immigrated to Kearny 47 years ago.  He was a machinist for the Wilson Corporation in South Plainfield for 35 years, retiring two years ago.
He is survived by his loving wife Aurora (nee Dos Santos), and cherished siblings Andre, Maria Herminia, Lurdes, and Jose Luis.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Interment will take place in Bunheiro, Murtosa, Portugal.

Hugh Durning
Mr. Hugh Durning, 78, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the Hospice Unit at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral liturgy was offered in St. Cecilia Church, Kearny. Cremation was private. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.
Mr. Durning was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He immigrated to this country and settled in Kearny in 1968. While in Scotland, he served in the British Royal Air Force as an air mechanic.
Hugh was a sheet metal worker for Bonland Industries in Wayne for many years. He retired 16 years ago.  As an avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting, fishing and cycling. Hugh was an avid Glasgow Celtic Supporter.
He leaves behind his children Ann Marie Durning, Kim Carey (Steve), Andrew Durning (Michelle), Paul Durning (Theresa), Gerry Durning and Julia Durning; siblings, Catherine Duffy, Annie McGowan, Margaret Alessi, James Durning and grandchildren Paul, Christopher, Stephanie, Laura, Stephen, Noah, Liam and Elizabeth.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Parkinson Foundation or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Grace Marie Pannullo (nee Pelleck-Garrubbo)
Grace Pannullo, of Belleville, died at home on Aug. 27 with her loving family at her side.
Grace was born in Parsippany on June 14, 1940, and was raised in Nutley.  She is predeceased by her beloved daughter, Denise Marie Shon of Harrison.
Grace is survived by her adoring husband Angelo Pannullo; Lisa Shon Felise and her husband Greg; Victoria Shon and Christopher Lowther, Debra McCarthy and her husband Brian; Joseph and Neal Pannullo and his fiancé Sonia Sousa, her grandchildren Dana and Lauren Kelly; Brian Jr. and Nicole McCarthy; Michayla Pannullo and Connor Lowther; also survived by her sister Gloria Hinke and her niece Mary Devris and her husband Yanni and many dear family and friends.
Arrangements were by Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison.  A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation.  For information, directions or to send condolences, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations c/o the funeral home in memory of Grace.

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Christina McAllister
Christina McAllister, 92, died on Aug. 17 at her home.
Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church of Kearny. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Private cremation was held.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Mrs. McAllister settled in Kearny in 1948. She lived in Kearny before moving to Brick five years ago. She was a clerk with the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, New York City, for many years before retiring. She was a member of the Daughters of Scotia and the Liberty Chapter of the Order if the Eastern Star.
She was the beloved wife of the late Hugh McAllister; mother of Christine (late Barrie) Thomson and Diane (Ken) Bower; grandmother of six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church.

Joseph Portella
Joseph Portella died on Aug. 21 at home. He was 76.
Born in Newark he lived in Kearny for 33 years. He was a retired longshoreman.
Husband of Dolores (nee Rodriguez), he is survived by his children Janine Schillia and Joseph Portella. He was the brother of Barbara Gaglioti, and also surviving are three grandchildren.
Memorial visiting will be on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. Service will begin at 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice of N.J.

Eugene Pegram
Eugene Pegram, of Kearny,  died on Aug. 20 in Clara Mass Hospital. He was 50.
Gene bartended at Donegal Saloon in Kearny.
Son of the late Gene and Pat (Leahy) Pegram, he is survived by his sister Julie and her husband Glenn Deitz; his nieces and nephew, Catie Griffith, Glenn Deitz and Julianne Deitz; his grandnephew J.J. along with many members of the Pegram and Leahy families.
Private arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home of Kearny. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation, One Clara Maass Drive, Belleville, N.J. 07109.

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Samuel J. Del Guercio
Samuel J. Del Guercio, 51, of East Newark, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 11.
Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison.  A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. His cremains will be interred in the family plot at a later date.
For information, or to send condolences, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.
Sam recently worked as a machinist for Cam Tool in Kearny for six years. Prior, he was a machinist for Arlington Induction Co. in East Newark for 20 years.
Loving son of Helen (nee Pienciak) and the late Samuel Del Guercio, he was the dear brother of his beloved sisters Tricia (Patricia) Fox and her husband Patrick and Sally Ann Craig and her husband Robert and his late brother Walter; dear  nephew to Patsy Del Guercio; dear uncle to Samantha, Gregory, Suzanne, Nicole, Robert, Elianna, Luis and Anthony.

Josephine C. Loisage, 104
Active Senior
Josephine C. (Ala) Loisage, 104, of Kearny, died on Aug. 9.
A funeral service was held at the Allwood Funeral Home, 660 Allwood Road, Clifton, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Born in Harrison, Josephine was a lifelong resident of Kearny until moving to a nursing facility in Passaic at age 100. She was employed by the Prudential Life Insurance Co. in Newark as a claims processor. Josephine was a parishioner of St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny. She stayed active as a member of the Henrietta Benstead, St. Stephen’s and St. Cecelia’s Senior Citizens Clubs, all located in Kearny.
Josephine is predeceased by her husband Benjamin Loisage and  two sisters Lillian Ala Rohn and Catherine Ala and by two brothers Jack and Harry Ala. She is survived by her sister Linda Ala Hoholik and niece Linda Jo Hoholik, both of Clifton, and a nephew George Ala of Macungie, Pa.

Betty Jean MacConchie
Betty Jean MacConchie, 82, died on July 27 at Waterview Nursing Home in Cedar Grove.
Arrangements were by the Wilfred Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.
Born in Newark, she lived in West Orange before moving to Kearny in 1960.  She worked as a secretary for Motor Club of America in Newark and then at Wallace and Tiernan, Belleville, in the same capacity, leaving the work force to raise her children. After raising her sons, Mrs. MacConchie returned to Motor Club of America, North Arlington.  She was a former Sunday School teacher and member of  First Presbyterian Church, Kearny.
She is the beloved wife of the late Harold MacConchie and mother of Bruce (Jeannie), Wayne (Wendy), Scott (Marlene), and Keith MacConchie. She was the grandmother of Allyson, Erin, Connor, Kimberly, Kyle, and Raymond, and also a great-grandmother of Nathan Gilmore.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzhiemer’s Association would be greatly appreciated.

Mary A. Maglio
Mary A. Maglio died on Aug. 10 at home. She was 94. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was a lifelong resident of Kearny.
Predeceased by her husband Samuel, she was the mother of Diane M. Maglio and the late Bonnie Maglio; sister-in-law of Millie Petito; also surviving are many nieces and nephews and good friends.
Arrangements were by the Wilfred Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to the charity of your choice.

Virginia T. Sharples
Virginia T. Sharples (nee Zito) died  on Aug. 9 in the Inglemoore Rehab Center in Livingston. She was 91.
Born in The Bronx, she lived in Kearny and Toms River before moving to Georgia two years ago.
Wife of the late Thomas Sharples Sr., she is survived by their children Thomas and Jack Wright, Jane McAllister, Thomas (Tim) Sharples Jr., Joseph Sharples, Laura Quegan, Susan Sharples Zito, Ann Binder and Irene Reed; also surviving are 21 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Private cremation and burial were through Wilfred Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation to The Clean Ocean Act, 18 Hartshorne Drive, Suite 2, Highlands, N.J. 07732 www.cleanoceanaction.org.

Connie Mulvanerton
Connie Mulvanerton  (nee Brown) died on Aug. 10 in Hackensack Medical Center in Belleville. She was 61.
Born in Jersey City, she was a lifelong Kearny resident. She was a crossing guard for the Town of Kearny.
Wife of Edward Mulvanerton, she is the sister of Edith  O’Malley (Marty), Frank Brown (Barbara) and the late Georgina Hague. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Allen Hague along with many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the Wilfred 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, donations may be made to Tomorrows Children’s Fund c/o the funeral home.

Catherine Sweeney
Catherine Sweeney (Vesey), 95, passed away on Aug. 4 in the Belgrove Post Acute Care Center, Kearny.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral liturgy was offered in St. Cecilia Church, Kearny. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.
Cathy was born in Glasgow, Scotland, then immigrated to the U.S. in 1953 and lived in Newark. She moved to Kearny in 1954.
She was an administrative assistant in the passport office at the British Consulate in New York City for 25 years. She retired 30 years ago.
Cathy was a member of the St. Cecilia Rosary Altar Society, Senior Citizens Club Inc., and the Xaverian Ladies Guild, all of Kearny.
She is survived by several loving nieces and nephews. Catherine was predeceased by her husband Christopher and her siblings Ellen Maguire, Nan Ashforth and Andrew Vesey.

Obituaries

Alice L. Moritz
Alice L. Moritz (nee McGrath), 85, died on Aug. 2 in Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville. Born in Scranton, Pa., she lived in Bloomfield before moving to Kearny 15 years ago. She was a machine operator for Ivers Lee in West Caldwell for 27 years.
Wife of the late Harold Gardner, she is survived by her children Stanley Andrews (Angie), Kathi Cruickshank (Bob) and Thomas Gardner; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister Jean Trine.
Arrangements were by the Wilfred Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A service was held in the funeral home, followed by interment in Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Bogumil Henryk Przybylski
Bogumil Henryk Przybylski, 46, died on Aug. 4 at J.F.K Medical Center in Edison. Born in Trzcil, Poland, Bogumil immigrated to the United States 15 years ago.
He is predeceased by his father Zygmunt. He is survived by his mother Marianna and his loving wife Bozena; cherished daughter Magdalena and his siblings Dariusz, Zygmunt and Agnienszka.
Arrangements were by the Wilfred Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Harrison. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Genevieve M. Sochor
Genevieve M. Sochor, 83, of Harrison, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Genevieve was a member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Rosary Society and a member of the Harrison Senior Citizens.
Genevieve is survived by her son John C. and his wife Anna L. Correia; her grandsons John G. Correia and his wife Giovanna and Shawn R. Correia; her great-grandson John R. Correia and great-granddaughter Taylor Correia. She was the youngest of nine children. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews and their families.                                                                                                                        Genevieve was predeceased by her husband Daniel.
Arrangements were made by Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. Funeral service was private. Entombment was at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.

For information or to send condolences, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.
For those desiring, please make donations to your favorite charity in memory of Genevieve.

Obituaries

Francis J. Cocola
Francis J. Cocola (Frank), 91, died on Wednesday, July 13, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Born in Newark, he was a lifelong resident of Kearny.
Mass was celebrated on Saturday, July 16, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church.
He was an Army/Air Corps veteran, serving in World War II as a Second Lt. flight engineer on the B29 Superfortress. He was a tool, die and mold maker for 40 years, retiring in 1975. He had been employed by Joseph Davis Plastics in Kearny, Newark Die Company and Western Electric in Kearny.
He was a communicant of St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny. He was a member of the San Alfonso Retreat League, the Loyola Retreat League and St. Stephen’s Holy Name Society. He was also a Third Degree life member of the Knights of Columbus, Queen of Peace Council 3428, in North Arlington as well as a committee chairman for Boy Scout Troop 22 of the former Boys Orphanage at Sacred Heart, Kearny. He enjoyed watching the Yankees and taking bus trips to Atlantic City.
Son of the late Sergio and Paulina (nee Buongiovanni) Cocola, he is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Eleanor (nee Lenkiewicz); his children John (Nancy), Susan Tiedemann (Frank), Stephen, David (Terry), and Christopher (Toni) Cocola,; seven grandchildren Seth, Christopher, Matthew, Mark, Jessica, Bethany and Kate; a sister Angela Nystrom and the late Nicholas, Thomas, Jerry Cocola and Theresa  Livolsi.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Stephen’s Food Pantry in his honor would be appreciated.

Peter E. DeGasper Jr.
Peter E. DeGasper Jr., 75, of Kearny, died on Sunday, July 24.
Beloved husband of Alice (nee Brace) DeGasper, he was the loving father of Lori Romaniak and her companion Kenny, Peter and his wife Carol DeGasper and the late Donna Marie DeGasper and cherished grandfather of Nicole and Charles Romaniak.
Mr. DeGasper was a supervisor at Robinowitz and Sons. He was also an avid fisherman.
Arrangements were by the Ippolito-Stellato Funeral Home, 425 Ridge Rd., Lyndhurst. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Donations may be made to St. Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 95 Old Short Hills Rd., West Orange, N.J. 07052.
Send condolences to stellatofuneralhomes.com.

Fred J. “Freddie” Testa
Fred J. “Freddie” Testa, 79, a lifelong resident of Harrison, passed away following a long illness on Saturday, July 23.
The funeral was conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison.  A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Interment followed at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.
Fred was employed by Western Electric, South Kearny, and retired from Lucent Technologies 15 years ago.  He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Mount Baker.
He is survived by his wife Krystyna (nee Sulek); his step-daughters Katarzyna Tarrow, Sylvia Rzomca and their children Julia, David and Laura; his brother Robert “Bob” Slawek; also survived by his niece Alison Gilmore and nephews Stephen and Gregory Slawek, and his aunt Anne Laczny.
Fred was predeceased by his mother Jennie and step-father Chester Slawek.   In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St, Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in care of the funeral home in memory of Fred.

Obituaries

Rita F. Callahan
Rita F. Callahan (nee Bricker), of Palm Bay, Fla., formerly of Ocean Gate and Harrison, was called home on Sunday, July 17.
Rita was born in Syracuse, N.Y., moved to Newark (Down Neck) and raised her family in Harrison.
Rita’s career spanned over 43 years with AT&T. She was hired as an overseas operator
and retired in 1984 as a department supervisor. She had received many accolades for
her superior customer service skills, along with perfect attendance awards yearly.
She went back to school and received her high school diploma in 1988 from Harrison
High School, an achievement she was very proud of. Rita was a member of the Pioneers (AT&T) and the Bayville Elks lodge.
Rita leaves behind two beloved and heartbroken daughters, Mrs. Mary Ellen Chencharik, Ms. Susan Callahan and a beloved son-in-law John Chencharik; six grandchildren Theodore, Stephanie, Amanda, Randall, Michael and Connor Mary; nine great-grandchildren and many friends.
Arrangements were by Fountainhead Funeral Home, Palm Bay, Fla. Burial was to be private and memorial Mass was to follow.


Michael J. Grabowski
Michael J. Grabowski, 69, a 36-year resident of Las Vegas, passed away suddenly at home on July 14.
Born on December 19, 1941, in Harrison, Mike was the only child of Adam and Lottie
Grabowski, who predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of 40 wonderful years, Marilyn, by numerous relatives in New Jersey and by Harry Parson, his best friend from childhood days.
Raised in Kearny, he was a graduate of Kearny High School and of Monmouth College and a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Fraternity. He was honorably discharged after serving in Vietnam in the Army. Together with his wife Marilyn, Mike ran numerous successful businesses both in Las Vegas and Lake Arrowhead, Calif., and
retired in 2004.
More importantly, Mike will sorely be missed by his numerous friends and family for
his great humor, personality, compassion and for making everyone feel like they were his best friend.
Please send memorial donations to: Monastery of San Giuseppe, Via Della Nocetta
83, 00186 Rome, Italy.

Patricia Grun
Patricia Grun, 93, of Kearny, went home to be with the Lord on July 19. She was a devoted loving mother and grandmother.
Born in Clarksburg, W. Va., she was predeceased by her husbands Correll Perkins
and August Grun, her mother Bessie Bain and her brother Thomas Bain. Surviving are
her daughter Beverly Herd (Edward); her grandchildren Nancy Bettinger (Lawrence), Edward R. Herd Jr. (Carol Berlin) and Thomas Herd (Wendy); her great-grandsons
Thomas and Edward T. Herd and her great-great-granddaughter Anna Marie Herd;
her sister Betty Lou Murphy; and her special niece Kimberly Murphy, along with many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the Wilfred Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held in the funeral home. Interment was in Arlington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the Diabetes Foundation.

Joyce J. Quitto
Joyce J. Quitto, of North Arlington, died on July 17. She was 37.
Daughter of the late John and Karen (Holderfelder) Reiger, she was the mother of Raymond Reiger; sister of Lorraine Quitto (Marco), Joseph John and Eric Steven Reiger and the late Kathryn Edith Pucillo and Margaret Ann Reiger; also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the Wilfred Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove
Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Peters Church, Belleville, followed by private cremation.

Luisa Albuquerque
Luisa Albuquerque, (nee Silva), 83, of Harrison, passed away on July 13. She was born
in Brazil.
Luisa was a member of Harrison Seniors. She was devoted to her family, friends and her church.
Luisa is survived by her daughter Olivia and her sons Marcus and Gilberto and her
grandsons David, Romolo and Gabriel.
She was predeceased by her husband Joao, and her daughters Cecilia and Fatima Roman.
A funeral service was held at the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave, Harrison, on Monday, July 18. Interment followed at Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the family, c/o the funeral home in memory of Luisa.

Nicholas Bardzilowski
Nicholas Bardzilowski, 86, died on July 16 in St. Michael’s Hospital. He was a lifelong
resident of Harrison. He belonged to the Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Czestochowa. He was a sergeant in the Army during World War II. Before retiring, he was a programmer for Worthington Pump in Harrison.

Husband of Patricia (McGuire), father of Diana Flaherty (James) and Ronald Bardzilowski (Paula); also surviving is his brother Joseph; five grandchildren Daniel, Jeffery, Gregory, Nicholas, and Brandon, along with three great-grandchildren
Arrangements were handled by the Wilfred Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.

Florence Baker Carlo-Tuting
Bayville, formerly of Kearny
Retired math teacher, 64
Florence Baker Carlo, 64, wife of Bill Tuting of Bayville, passed away at home on July 24, after a courageous battle with lung cancer
Raised in Kearny, she was a graduate of Kearny High School, Class of 1964 and William Paterson University in 1968.  She was a well-recognized mathematics teacher who started teaching in Nutley and then continued for over 20 years at Bloomfield Junior High/Middle School.
Her love of life was well known to all her friends.  She was famous for her parties down the shore and dancing to the oldies by 45 RPM.  She was very active with the Kearny High School Class of 1964 Reunion Committee and responsible for bringing old classmates together, and some eventually became couples.  She was also active on the Veterans Committee and Special Needs Children with the Lacey Elks Lodge #2518. She loved to travel, go boating, stain glass, read and spend time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the United States Power Squadrons.
She is predeceased by her parents Lawrence and Frances Baker, survived by her stepfather Martin Edelmuth of Manchester; her husband of four years, Bill Tuting; two daughters Dona Tanzola and her husband Carlo of Barnegat and Jamie Kenyon and her husband Dave of Medford; a stepson, Todd Tuting of Richmond, Va., and 11 grandchildren Alexandria, Kaitlin, Matthew, Paige, Gabriel, Sam, Chace, Ben, Logan, Liam, and Wyatt.  She had a very close relationship with her daughters and her grandchildren, who were the light of her life.  They lovingly referred to her as Oma.
Arrangements are by the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals O’Connell Chapel, 706 Route 9, Bayville. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at the funeral home. Committal will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute (P.O. Box 27106, N.Y., N.Y. 10087) or the Troop 2 Kearny Booster Club, Inc. (c/o Bradow, 59 Patterson St., Kearny, N.J. 07032). Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.