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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.

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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.

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Joseph Minnella Jr.
Joseph Minnella Jr., 82, of North Arlington, formerly of Clifton, died on Sept. 26 at home.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation.
Son of the late Joseph and Mae Minnella, he is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Vatert Minnella.  He was the father of Christine (Jay) Durner, Susan (Lou) Testone, Sandra (Dave) Haut and Lisa Minnella; brother of Arlene Carole Nostrame and the late June Minnella; grandfather of seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three nephews and one niece.
Mr. Minnella was a former salesman with C & J Glass, North Arlington, and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.  He was an avid hobbyist whose interests included photography, tropical fish and remote control airplanes.  He was a member of the Tropical Fish Club of North Jersey, North Jersey Aquarium Society and Lakeland Radio Control Airplane Association.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Barnabas Hospice, 95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange,  N.J. 07052, or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Robert Edmund Torrance III
Robert Edmund Torrance III, 81, of Encampment, Wyo., and Daytona Beach, Fla., died early Saturday morning, Sept. 24,  at Florida Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born on Jan. 30, 1930, in East Orange, to Robert Edmund Torrance Jr. and Gladys Worsley Torrance.  He lived in Kearny, for most of his life, moving to Encampment 15 years ago and spending winters in Daytona Beach.  He graduated from Kearny High School in 1948, attended Farleigh Dickinson University earning an associate’s degree and then graduated from Maryville College in Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1956.  He married Carol Louise Schade on June 28, 1958.
Bob worked for many years in the engineering department of Acme Supermarkets, purchasing store equipment.  He then worked in real estate and ran a bookkeeping business from his home before retiring.  He was very active in the First Presbyterian Church in Kearny,  serving as elder, choir member and treasurer. He was a member of the West Hudson Optimist Club for 15 years.  After moving to Wyoming, he was active in the Encampment Presbyterian Church as elder and finance committee chairman.  He enjoyed singing in the Encampment Community Choir, the Lion’s Club and volunteering at the Grand Encampment Museum where he served on its board of directors. His interests included keeping up with current events over morning coffee with his friends at the Sagebrush Senior Center in Encampment. He had an undying love for all things related to airplanes.  A recent highlight of his life was a ride on a WWII B17 Bomber in Rawlins, Wyo.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carol, his three children, Robin Wintersen-Stock of New Mexico, Robert E. IV of Ocean, and son John with wife Gina, of Colorado. His grandchildren are Mike Machado, Mamina Cordova, Sidhu Wintersen-Stock and Emmet and Teague Torrance.  He has three great-grandchildren, with a fourth on the way.  His surviving sister, Carol Lundquist, is of Glen Rock.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Grand Encampment Museum, P.O. Box 43, Encampment, Wyo. 82325.

Ernesto Paulino Pita
Ernesto Paulino Pita, 73, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 29, at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark.  He was born in Murtosa, Portugal, and came to the Ironbound in Newark in 1966 and has been residing in Kearny since 1978.
He was a laborer for Local 472 of Newark for 30 years, retiring in 1994. He was a member of the Sport Maritimo Murtoense and Club dos Cacadores, both of Newark.
Beloved husband of Alda Oliveira (Nee Vieira) Pita; devoted and loving father of Fred Pita (Marianne), Jaclyn Pita and Ernie Pita (Kathy); brother of Avelino Pita of Portugal, Deolinda Pita Viuva of Venezuela, Miguel Pita (Deolinda) of Venezuela and Amandio Pita (Silvina); dear grandfather of Bryannah, Zach, Brooke, Julianna; brother-in-law of Carminda Vieira Martins, Maria Vieira Rocha and Alfredo Vieira (Maria); also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arrangements were by the Buyus Funeral Home, 426 Lafayette St., Newark. A funeral Mass was held in Our Lady of Fatima Church, Newark. Entombment was in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.

Dolores Landry
Dolores Landry died on Sept. 27 in Clara Maass Medical Center. She was 64. Born in Newark, she was a lifelong Kearny resident. Dolores was a retired nurse. Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Burial will be at Arlington Cemetery.

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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.

Obituaries

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.

Obituaries

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.

Obituaries

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.

Obituaries

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.

Obituaries

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.