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Obituaries

Ralph Barbara 

Ralph Barbara died peacefully at home on Aug. 6. He was 84. Born in Newark, he lived many years in Kearny before moving to Toms River in 2006. His cremation is private; however, there will be a memorial service on Saturday Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.

Ralph was a retired construction union delegate in Clifton.

Ralph is survived by his wife Doris (nee Brand), his children Louise Dorst, Linda Hagerman, Ivan Barbara and Stacy Gilchrist, his sisters Carmella Halleck and Concetta DeJesso and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by his granddaughter Brandi.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children Hospital would be appreciated.

Kathleen B. Briese 

Miss Kathleen B. Briese, 80, died on Sept. 8 at her home in Kearny.

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

Kathleen was born in Kearny and was a lifelong resident.

She was employed by Prudential in Newark for many years before retiring in 1990. Kathleen was a proud member of St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny where she taught CCD and was a member of the St. Stephen’s Seniors. She adored Schuyler School in Kearny and served as a teacher’s aide there for many years. Living next door to the school, she would always be seen outside talking to parents in the morning who were dropping off their children for the school day and again in the afternoon when they returned to pick them up the children. She always offered words of encouragement and will be missed by the parents, children and staff.

She was the beloved aunt of William VanVliet (Margaret), Heather Felty (Dale); great aunt of William and Daniel VanVliet, Tammy Plumadoro and Michael Dellaciopia and great-great-aunt of Benjamin VanVliet, Cameron Heinz and Amanda and Kaitlyn Felty.

Cecilia V. Murphy 

Cecilia V. Murphy, 87, passed away Sept. 12 at home. Born in Queens, N.Y. she grew up in the Bronx before moving to New Jersey and spent some time in Harrison. She has resided in Piscataway since 1989.

Cecilia retired in 1989 from Prudential Insurance Company in New Providence. Mom was a product of the Depression and as a result she was a hardworking woman with a strong work ethic. She was the best role model any child could wish for. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church and Our Lady of Fatima Church and was active in the Piscataway Senior Center, participating in their Bocce Ball team. Her most cherished role was being a grandmother.

Cecilia is survived by her children, William Murphy of New Fairfield Conn., Kevin Murphy and his wife Donna of Rockaway, Cecilia Mueller and her husband Harry of Piscataway and Colleen Conroy of West Orange; her sister Marion Scholz of Piscataway; her grandchildren, Ryan, Brian, Andrew, Meghan, Erin, Allison, Matthew, Harry and Kaitlyn and her great-grandson Samuel.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 8:30 a.m. at the Piscataway Funeral Home, 18 Stelton Road, Piscataway, followed by a 9:30 a.m. funeral liturgy at Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church, Middlesex. Entombment will be in Resurrection Burial Park, Piscataway.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Cecilia’s name to Embracing Hospice Care, 2101 Rt. 34 South, Suite B, Wall. NJ.

Charles Thompson 

Charles Thompson, 48, of South Orange, formerly of East Newark, died on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral service was held from the funeral home. His interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

For information or directions, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Born in Kearny, Charles was the founder and pastor of Freedom Ministries Worldwide, Newark, where he served for the last decade.

Charles is survived by his mother, Theresa (nee Cleary), his father Bill, a sister, Diane DeFilippo, and his brothers Dave and his wife Tara, and Bill. He is also survived by his nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.

For those desiring, donations may be made to Anchor House, 1041 Bergen St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11216 in memory of Pastor Charlie.

Obituaries

Luciano Ferreira Jr. 

Luciano Ferreira Jr. died Aug. 24 at Clara Maass Medical Center. He was 80.

Born in Newark, he moved to Kearny 45 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Luciano was the owner of L. Ferreira and Son Fuel Oil Co.

Husband of the late Mildred (nee Swayze), he is survived by his children and their spouses; Mary and Vincent Abbott, Viola and Rick Diebold, Rosemarie and Alan Masters and Luciano Ferreira III. Brother of Caroline Mikulewiez, Rosemarie Covucci and the late Carmella Ferreira, he is also survived by his grandchildren Annmarie Grenga, Danielle and Vincent Abbott, Craig, Cyndi and Samantha Dieck, Alan, Michael and Kimberly Masters and Kerri Ferreira and seven great-grandchildren.

Samuel Latini 

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Samuel Latini, retired police chief of East Newark, died peacefully Aug. 22, surrounded by his family after a brief illness.

A devoted and loving husband and father, Sam was the model of honor and integrity for everyone who knew him. His exuberance for life and vibrant personality made him a well-known pillar of friendship in the community and the symbol of caring in his family. Sam is remembered for his high energy, busy days and pursuit of the things he loved –always at the side of the one he loved, his wife of 65 years, Rosemarie.

Sam was survived by his beloved wife Rosemarie Latini and children Andrea Wasowski (Donald), Marianne Pendlebury (Tom), Sam (Terri) and Thomas (Sharon); sister Gloria Grieco; sistersin- law Catherine Latini, Molly Cancia, Mary Cancia and Alice Belfiore; and brotherin- law Dominick Cancia; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His brothers Adam and Lawrence Latini, brothers-in-law Pasquale Grieco and Sebastian Belfiore, and sister-in-law Lucy Latini predeceased him.

Sam was very active in his career as chief of police with life membership in the N.J. PBA Local 21, the Hudson County Police Chiefs Association and the East Newark Fireman’s Relief Association. He was also a member of the N.J. State Retired Police and Fireman’s Association Local 6 and the Retired and Disabled Police of America.

Arrangements were by Condon Memorial Home, 210 Davis Ave, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony’s Church, East Newark. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Caring Hospice Services, Edison.

Hernan O. Vasquez 

Hernan O. Vasquez, of Harrison, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Aug, 25. He was 55.

Born in Callao, Peru, Hernan lived in Harrison since 1981. He worked for United Construction Weatherproofing, N.Y., for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Vasquez (Donayre), children, Jose, Hernan Jr., Danpierre, Alex, and Daniel, father, Oscar O. Vasquez, eight brothers and sisters and an aunt, Bertila Escudero. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother Maria A. Vasquez (Escudero).

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny. His interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Obituaries

Irene Chickene 

Irene Chickene, 93, passed away Aug. 22 at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, and burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Irene was raised in Missouri where she received her degree in nursing. Shortly after that, she served overseas during World War II and was an Army nurse, eventually moving to New Jersey.

After staying home raising her family, Irene returned to nursing at the former West Hudson Hospital in Kearny. She later worked both at the Kearny Board of Health and as a school nurse.

Irene is survived by her loving and devoted family. She leaves behind three daughters Mary and Nancy both of Kearny and Terri Watson with her husband Danny of West Caldwell. She is also survived by her grandchildren Carly and Jack Watson, her sister Beulah Foster of Missouri as well as nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her two daughters Frances and Susan.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Barbara Choinski 

Barbara Choinski (nee Milewski) of North Arlington peacefully entered into eternal rest surrounded by her family after a short illness on Monday, Aug.18. She was 64.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Her interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Born in Police, Poland, she lived in Harrison for two years before moving to North Arlington and living most of her life there. She worked as a secretary for Accurate Tool and Die in North Arlington for many years. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church.

Barbara is survived by her mother Henrika Grygielko, sisters Irene Bishop and Teresa Kociecka, her lifelong companion John Adler, aunts Helen and Hedwig Grygielko, nieces and nephews, Heather Bishop, Antoni and Przemek Milewski, and Pawel and Jacek Kociecki She is also survived by her cousin Ambassador Kosowicz of Los Angeles.

The family would appreciate donations to Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 115 S. Third St., Harrison, N.J. 07029 in loving memory of Barbara.

Jesus Garcia 

Jesus Garcia, of Kearny, died Aug. 23. He was 63.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m. from the funeral home and burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife Miguelina, son Oscar and stepchildren Ivan, Rocio and Jose Fermin, a brother and sister and five grandchildren.

Maria Fatima Meyer 

Maria Fatima Meyer peacefully entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Aug. 19, surrounded by her family and friends.

Born in Lombacdamaia, Azores, Portugal, Maria lived in Newark most of her life before moving to Harrison in 2010. She was a parishioner of St. James Church, Newark.

She is survived by her loving children Barbara, Shana, Jennifer, Frederico and Stephanie; dear siblings Grace Ambrosio, Leonel, Emanuel and Joe Rocha, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her mother Maria Rocha and sister Maria Doceu.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Her interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

John Muscarella IV 

John Muscarella IV, 27, of Kearny died Aug. 22 after his long battle with Cystic Fibrosis.

Visiting will be at Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, Friday, Aug. 29, 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Condolences can be sent to www.armitagewiggins.com.

He was the beloved son of Debbie Farrell Muscarella and the late John Muscarella III; brother of Tina Santiago (Arsenio), Jessica Muscarella and the late Amanda Muscarella; uncle of Anthony, Joshua, Atianna, Alexsis and Arsenio. He was the nephew of John Beasley and is survived by several other uncles, aunts and cousins.

John was a strong person and fought a great fight. He was a diehard Jets fan. As per John’s wishes, please do not attend his wake in a suit, but put on your favorite T-shirt and jeans and come to the funeral home to celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family will be accepting donations at the funeral home or make a donation in John’s memory to The Cystic Foundation, 2 University Plaza, Suite 312, Hackensack, N.J. 07601-6210. (www.cff.org).

Linda List Currie Rogers 

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Linda List Currie Rogers, born to Peggy and Edwin List in Newark, on May 21, 1947, passed away Aug. 18 in Kingwood, Texas.

Linda grew up in Kearny, where she raised her family with her husband, George, before moving to Kingwood in 1991. She worked as a Weight Watchers leader for 10 years; office manager for Kingwood Funeral Home for five years; and administrative assistant for the Lifelong Learning Dept. at Lone Star College in New Caney, Texas, for the past six years.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents; and first husband, George Currie. She is survived by husband, Everett Benson “Buddy” Rogers Jr.; sons, Scott Currie (Patty), Sean Currie (Theresa), and John Currie (Gretchen); sister, Diane Michaliszyn (Joseph); brother, Edwin List Jr.; grandchildren, Aiden and Kylie Currie; Christopher and Bryan Currie; Ian, Anna, Peter, Luke and Joseph Currie; niece, Meaghan List; nephews, Jason List, Andrew and Matthew Michaliszyn; stepchildren, Jeane Rogers, Kathy Rogers Mayeux (Gordon), Everett Benson Rogers III (Terry), and Timothy Rogers.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Martha Catholic Church on Aug. 25 and interment followed in Houston National Cemetery. For those desiring to make a memorial contribution, please honor Linda’s love for children by sending donations to either Ronald MacDonald House or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Obituaries

Josephine ‘Josie’ Helene Aleniewski 

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Josephine “Josie” Helene Aleniewski, of Rumson, formerly of Harrison, passed away on July 22. She will be missed by family and friends including Brighton Gardens of Middletown and Brandywine of Shrewsbury.

A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 10:30 a.m. in Holy Cross Parish, 30 Ward Ave., Rumson. For directions, visit holycrossrumson. org. For more information, call Mulligan Funeral Home at 973-481-4333.

Donations may be made to The Foundation for PSP, better known as PSP.org, or Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison, Kosciuszko Foundation, New York, Piast Institute, Hamtramck, Mich., or Marymount Manhattan College, N.Y.

Julia Elizabeth McGinn 

Julia Elizabeth McGinn entered into eternal rest on Friday, Aug. 8. She was 28. Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Her cremation was private.

For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Born in Belleville, she lived most of her life in Kearny.

Julia was the loving mother of Jayden and Dylan Morales, she was the beloved daughter of Michael McGinn and Donna Zarpaylic (nee Frank) and dear sister of Danielle Zarpaylic. She is also survived by her caring aunts and uncles Linda Crawford, Maryanne Carson (Gregg), John (Luzia) and Mark McGinn, and her cherished grandparents John and Maureen Frank and John McGinn.

She was predeceased by her grandmother Shelia McGinn (2013).

Obituaries

Frances Case

Frances Case entered into eternal rest on Monday, Aug. 4.

Born in Kearny, Frances was a lifelong resident of East Newark.

She is survived by her children, Louis Carratura and Nicole Antunes, and sisters Teresa Marion, Patricia A. Tighe (Charles) and Joan Corblies (Thomas. Sr.). Frances is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, on Friday, Aug. 9. Her interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Vera M. Romagnola 

Vera M. Romagnola (nee Cudnik), 97, died in Kearny on Aug. 7.

Born in Kearny, she lived in Jersey City and Kearny before moving to North Arlington 21 years ago. She retired from Mueller’s Macaroni in 1982. She was an active member of the Henrietta Benstead Senior Center.

Vera loved baking and crocheting. She enjoyed providing her friends and family with delicious baked goods including her famous “tossies.”

She was the beloved mother of Judith Ruddy (the late James), Michael Romagnola, Deborah Romagnola and grandmother of David Ruddy, Michele Rollins, Michael Ruddy, and Courtney Meyers. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Michael in 1971 and brothers Anthony, Chester, and Michael Cudnik, and sisters, Stella Faccone, Estelle Keller, Carrie Baranski, and Helen Savoy.

The funeral was from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington on Monday, Aug, 11, with a funeral Mass at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. The interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Dorothy M. Sommer 

Dorothy M. Sommer (nee Munro), 96, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, at Chelsea in West Milford.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A memorial service was held from the funeral home on Aug. 9. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mrs. Sommer was born on March 27, 1918, in New York City. She grew up in Greenwich Village and remembered standing in the Salvation Army’s food lines on W. 14th St. On some Fridays, she would skip school and attend the Ladies Day N.Y. Giants games at the Polo Grounds for 10 cents.

Dorothy met her husband-to- be William W. Sommer at the Salvation Army’s Star Lake Camp in Butler while they were both counselors working with children from New York City. They were married for 69 years from 1938 until his death in 2007. She lived in Kearny, Little Falls, Monmouth Beach and Beachwood before moving to Chelsea in West Milford.

For many years, she and her husband worked together at the Sommer Badge Company in Newark. Mrs. Sommer was a Salvationist and through the years attended their services in New York, Newark, Kearny, Asbury Park and Toms River. Throughout her life she enjoyed volunteering and helping people.

She is survived by her children William Sommer (Kathy) of Theresa, N.Y.; Nancy Linko (Pete) of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Don Sommer (Jane) of Oak Ridge and eight loving grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in memory of Dorothy Sommer to the Congenital Heart Defect Coalition at CHD Coalition, 45 Carry Ave., Suite 106, Butler, N.J. 07405 or at www.chdcoalition.org.

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Isaletta Candeliere 

Isaletta Candeliere (nee Nastri) died at home on July 28. She was 91.

Born in Italy, she lived in Harrison before moving to Kearny 55 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Wife of the late Dominick, she is survived by her children John Candeliere, Rose O’Donnell and Angela Porcelli. Also surviving are her grandchildren Patrick, Michael, Heather, Lisa and Christina and her great grandchildren Quinn and Molly.

William J. Devine 

William J. Devine died July 27 at Clara Maass Hospital. He was 75.

Born in Jersey City, he was a lifelong Kearny resident.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Bill was the owner of William J. Devine and Son Trucking in Kearny for many years.

He is survived by his wife Lynne (nee Wardell), his children and their spouses Christine A. and Larry Triguero and William J. Jr. and Ellen Devine. Brother of Carol Synnott and brother-in-law of Barbara Morrell, he is also survived by his grandchildren Noel Triguero and William J. Devine III, along with many nieces and nephews.

William S. Garry 

William S. Garry died July 31 in Mountainside Hospital. He was 72.

Born in Irvington, he lived many years in Bloomfield before moving to East Orange two years ago.

Memorial visitation will be on Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, in Kearny, followed by a private cremation. To leave online condolences and view more details please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Bill leaves behind his sisters, brother and their spouses Barbara and Bill Sweeney, Judy and Joe Schubert, Deborah Garry and Steve Gabel and Philip and Lorraine Garry.

In lieu of flowers, please consider The N.J. Audubon Society.

George Henry McCafferty 

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George Henry McCafferty, of Howell, passed away on July 23, surrounded by his loving family, at Kimball Acute Specialty Hospital in Lakewood. He was 75.

George was born in Jersey City and was raised in Kearny before he moved to Howell 45 years ago.

George was a salesman of office furniture before entering the banking industry where he worked for Wachovia and Wells Fargo.

George was a standout athlete at St. Cecilia’s High School, Kearny, where he earned 12 varsity letters while captaining the baseball, basketball and soccer teams before graduating in 1957. George was recruited by and had a tryout with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

He attended Norwich University in Vermont before transferring to Rutgers College where he earned a B.S. in business.

George was devoted to the game of ice hockey and was the former president and coach of the Brick Hockey Club where he coached his three sons. He was also involved in many other hockey clubs and coached for the Monmouth Hawks, the Toms River Black Hawks, the Shore Point Sharks, the American Eagles and the Red Bank Generals. In 2014 the N.Y. Rangers awarded George their coveted Emile Francis Award, which he accepted on the ice of Madison Square Garden during a Rangers game this past February. George was nominated by the youth hockey community for this award, which is given to the individual who exemplifies selfless community outreach, integrity and passion for the growth of youth hockey, and generously gives their time to the next crop of NHL hopefuls.

George is predeceased by his beloved son George H. McCafferty Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Elaine (Ryan); his daughter and sonin- law, Diane Strawinski and Stefan of Manchester; his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Ryan J. McCafferty and Trisha of Wall Township; his son Christopher Connor McCafferty of Red Bank; and his three sisters, Margaret Magulliam of Spring Lake Heights, Betty McCartin of Toms River, and Joan Luchese of Watersound. Fla. He will be dearly missed by his 12 grandchildren, Stefan and Shannon Strawinski, Erin, Helen, Harry, Mary Elizabeth, Jack and Grace McCafferty and Katie, Meghan, Erin and Connor McCafferty.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on July 31 at St. Elizabeth’s Church, Avon. Arrangements were by the Reilly- Bonner Funeral Home, 801 D St., Belmar. Entombment was in St. Anne’s Mausoleum, Wall Township. In lieu of flowers, donations to Catholic Charities, 383 W. State St., Trenton, N.J. 08618 would be greatly appreciated.

Albert ‘Al’ Zarbetski 

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Al Zarbetski entered into eternal rest on Sunday, July 27 at his home in Harrison, surrounded by his loving family. He was 84.

Born in the small town of Plymouth, Pa., to Jennie and Ignatz, Al headed east in 1950 in search of a better life following the tragic deaths of his father and stepfather in the coal mines. While working as a silk-screen printer in Newark, Al was drafted into the Army, where he served the U.S. during the Korean War. Upon discharge, he landed in Harrison where he found a job at RCA and, more importantly, Irene – the “love of his life.” In 1955, Al and Irene married, embarking upon a month-long cross-country honeymoon that turned into a 59- year adventure.

In order to better himself and provide for his growing family, Al worked at RCA during the day and attended Seton Hall University at night, pursuing a degree in education. In 1964, he started his second career as a teacher for the Harrison Board of Education, which lasted 29 years, during which he taught 8th grade and Introduction to Vocations. Countless former students fondly remember their time in Mr. Z’s class, and many still have the “spoon rings” they made 30 years ago. A proud Harrisonian for over 60 years, Al also served as the “official” photographer to Mayor Frank E. Rodgers, during which he met many politicians including former Gov. Thomas Kean, and he even ran his own darkroom.

Al was always up for an adventure with his family. At the drop of a hat he would take a ride to Bear Mountain or the Delaware Water Gap or Lake Wallenpaupack. If he was driving, he was happy, and often wound up in interesting places (such as the runway at Newark Airport). Al was a bit of a Renaissance Man—he was a woodworker, a jewelry maker, a leather crafter, a painter, a fisherman, a cook, a photographer, and a metalsmith, just to name a few. Always a sharp dresser, Al prided himself on dressing his best for every occasion. He became an avid fresh water fisherman later in life, often towing his small boat in the early morning dark and hitting the lake just as the sun rose. In true Al fashion, he even made his own fishing poles and lures.

Above all else, Al loved his “Irene,” his six children, and his seven grandchildren. His love of his family was legendary –there was nothing he would not sacrifice for his beloved family. As his body gave out in his later years, “Grandpa” always got a smile and had his spirits lifted by the grandkids. After family, Al’s passions included Atlantic City and Cape May, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy. Although Al could not drive towards the end, he did not miss a beat, as Al Jr. and Mary took the wheel and continued the “road trips.”

Al’s philosophy of life was summed up by the song “What a Wonderful World,” and Irene sang this to him during his final hours.

Al is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Irene (nee Kohanski), his loving children Albert and his wife Maryanne, Richard and his wife Lara, Mary McManemin and her fiancé Victor, Lisa, Paul and his wife Anne-Marie, and his cherished grandchildren Jillian and Christine McManemin, Julia, Edward, Paul, Averi and John Zarbetski, and several loving nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his dear sister Mary Lullman.

He was predeceased by his son Christopher Zarbetski and son-in-law Robert McManemin.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny. His interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to: Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (www.tsalliance.org) 801 Roeder Road, Suite 750, Silver Spring, Md. 20910 or Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 136 Davis Ave., Kearny, N.J. in memory of Al.

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Josephine Helene Aleniewski

Josephine Helene “Josie” Aleniewski, 88, of Rumson, formerly of Harrison, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 22, due to dysphagia complications from a neurological condition known as PSP (an atypical Parkinsonism syndrome).

Born in Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Newark, she attended Harrison High School, graduating with honors. She worked as an R.N. for 40 years, receiving her nursing degree in 1949 from St. Michael’s Hospital, Newark, where she was trained by the nuns and later worked as an OR nurse in the hospital as well as a private duty nurse.

A longtime resident of Harrison, she served as a Board of Health nurse and as school nurse in Holy Cross School. She was also a member of the St. Michael’s Nurses’ Alumni Association.

She loved learning and continued her studies at Marymount College in Manhattan and encouraged others to get their education. Josie was a passionate reader and frequented the Harrison Public Library. She also enjoyed travel abroad with friends and family to various destinations such as Yugoslavia, England, Italy, Switzerland, Greece and Poland.

She loved New York for both fashion and culture. She would march up and down Fifth Avenue to “study” the windows and even attended FIT one summer. Most of all she enjoyed the opera, ballet and classical music at Lincoln Center and sharing these experiences with her nieces and nephews. Proud of her Polish heritage, she served many years as secretary of the Pro-Arte League of the Kosciuszko Foundation of which her parents were founding members.

Josie was predeceased by her parents George and Wladyslawa Aleniewski, her sisters Dr. Monica Aleniewski, Jane Leppard and baby sister Helen Teresa.

A beloved sister and aunt, after retiring she moved to Rumson to be near her surviving sister Victoria Mazurczyk Aleniewski. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews: Monika Mazurczyk and husband Joseph Garipoli of West Long Branch, Thaddeus Mazurczyk and wife Stacy of Littleton, Col., Victoria Carlin and husband Benjamin of Bedford, N.Y., and Suzanne Mazurczyk of Wall; Lauren and husband Bob (“Karl”) Cottone of Hightstown, John and wife Marybeth of Lawrenceville, Dr. Stephanie Friedfeld and husband Dr. Dale Schrum of Jacksonville, Fla., Robert Friedfeld and wife Sue of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Eric Friedfeld and wife Maggie of Warwick, R.I.; Maureen Schroeder and husband Harvey of Spring Lake, George Leppard and wife Cathy of Brielle, Dr. John Leppard and wife Joanne of Huntington, N.Y.

The funeral was conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on July 26. A Mass of Christian burial was offered at Our Lady of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, Harrison, on July 26, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. A memorial service will be held at Holy Cross Church, Ward Ave., Rumson, on a future date to be announced. For information or directions, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Foundation for PSP, also known as PSP.org, or Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison, Kosciuszko Foundation, New York, Piast Institute, Hamtramck, Mich., St. Michael’s Nurses Alumni Association or Marymount Manhattan College, N.Y.

Thermon Francis Brooks

Thermon Francis Brooks of Kearny died on July 24 at the West Hudson/Alaris Continuing Care Center in Kearny. He was 85.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held from the funeral home, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Born in Newark, Mr. Brooks was the son of Milton and Bridget ( nee Garside) Brooks. A resident of Kearny since his marriage in 1951, Mr. Brooks attended the Newark public schools and served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He pursued a career with the U.S. Postal Service for most of his life.

Mr. Brooks was a member for over 60 years of the Frobisher Post No. 99 American Legion and the V.F.W. Post 1302, both of Kearny, as well as a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Korean War Veterans. He enjoyed fishing and was a lifelong honorary member of the Schuyler Tuna Fishing Club.

Surviving are his sons, Clifford J., Kevin M., Christopher J., and Martin G.; his daughters Leslie Oxenham, Pamela Brooks, Lisa Fitzmaurice, and Cynthia Orr; and 13 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Korean War Veterans Association, P.O. Box 407, Charleston, Ill. 61920-0407.

William J. Burke

William “Bill” J. Burke, 64, of Nutley, formerly of Kearny, died on July 22.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held from the funeral home, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mr. Burke was a lab technician with Anheuser-Busch, Newark, for five years.

He was the father of Billy Burke Jr. (Tracey), Laura Burke and Dana Sblendorio; brother of Kathy Corbo and the late Theresa Burke Palumbo and grandfather of Noah, Mackenzie, Jake, Mia and Gavin. He was the companion of Nancy Ulrich. He is also survived by three nieces.

Paul A. Hettesheimer Sr.

Paul A. Hettesheimer Sr., 84, died on July 27.

Relatives and friends may visit at the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home. 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny on Tuesday, July 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held from the funeral home on Wednesday, July 30, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Lyndhurst. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Paul was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He later lived in Newark before moving to North Arlington 45 years ago.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Hettesheimer was a tech specialist for W.H. Linen in Clifton for the last 20 years and was still actively employed before his passing.

He is survived by his four adoring children Elizabeth “Betty” Donigian (Stephan), Judy Gann (Dave), Paul A. Hettesheimer, Jr. (Patty) and Mark J. Hettesheimer, Sr. (June). He will be deeply missed by his 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his brothers Marc and David Hettesheimer.

He was predeceased, in 2004, by his wife Theresa (Melodick) Hettesheimer to whom he was happily married to for 56 years and also his siblings Betty Hillard and Weldon and Howard Hettesheimer.

Paul was a self-made man who deeply cared and provided for his family and will be forever missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org or to the Deborah Heart and Lung center at www.deborah.org

Dr. Judith E. Malinowski

Dr. Judith E. Malinowski entered into eternal rest on July 18 in Bloomfield, after a long and valiant battle against cancer.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A celebration of Judith’s life was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 663 Kearny Ave., Kearny, on July 26, followed by a private cremation.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Born in Kearny, she was the only daughter of the late Edward and Emily (nee Makofsky) Malinowski. She resided most of her life in Harrison.

Dr. Malinowski received her doctorate in health sciences leadership at Seton Hall University and a master’s degree in educational communications/ instructional design at New York University. Her passion and commitment to education was evident as she fulfilled many roles in the educational field. She served as director of education, special projects, at St. Michael’s Medical Center, Department of Medical Education, and as director of education for Seton Hall University. In her earlier years at St. Michael’s Medical Center, she served as director, School of Radiology. She was a former instructor at Passaic County Community College and Bergen Community College. She served on the Harrison Board of Health and the New Jersey Local Boards of Health. She was a member of the Board of Governors, Northeast Osteopathic Medical Education Network and various educational review boards.

Judith was an avid traveler and wine connoisseur. She traveled extensively, visiting Hawaii, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Scotland, France, England, Canada, and various places of interest in the continental United States, to name a few of her destinations. She often hosted and attended winetasting events sharing and enjoying that “perfect” glass of wine with friends and acquaintances. She enjoyed Scottish dancing and kicked up her heels at many ethnic events.

Judith is survived by a brother, Robert, and his wife, Carolyn; an aunt, Gail Makofsky; cousins, Lorraine; Joseph and Stanley Kloska; Bonnie Makofsky (Les); and Michael Makofsky (Mona).

A faithful and true friend to the very end, Judith will be cherished and greatly missed by her loving family at St. Michael’s Medical Center, and her lifelong friends, Marilyn, Ellen, Robert, and her beloved minister, the Rev. Elaine Connolly, of the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington.

Appreciation is extended to the staff at St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, and the Job Haines Home in Bloomfield, for the excellent care and compassion extended to Dr. Malinowski.

In lieu of flowers donations to Waves of Health at www.thewavesofhealth.org or to the Royal Oak foundation at www.royal-oak.org in Judith’s memory would be greatly appreciated.

Tadeusz Naprawa

Mr. Tadeusz Naprawa (Ted) died on Tuesday, July 22, at home. He was 87.

The funeral Mass is on Thursday, July 31, at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Harrison at 10 a.m., followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Relatives and friends may visit in the Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny (condonfuneralhome.com) on Wednesday, July 30, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Naprawa had been a machinist for Newark Die Co. in Springfield for many years until retiring in 1988. He had served in the British Army Polish Brigade under Gen. Anders during World War II.

He was a member of the board of directors and the bar manager at the Polish National Home in Harrison. He had also served as the president of the Polish American Citizens Club in Kearny where he was also a member.

Ted was predeceased by his wife, Adela (nee Pastula) and is survived by his son Richard Naprawa and his wife, Barbara and his daughter, Izabela Naprawa. Also surviving are his grandchildren Alex and Elizabeth Naprawa.

Eleanor Coan Steel

Eleanor Coan Steel, born Aug. 7, 1951, died on July 1 at home in Toms River surrounded by her family.

Eleanor was born in Queens, N.Y., and grew up in the Kearny area, where she also raised her four children. She was a nurse at West Hudson Hospital and volunteered for the Holiday City Berkeley EMT squad after moving to Toms River.

She is survived by her four children Kimberly Kane, Tara Kazenmayer, Kristen Pela and Brian Yudichak; her 11 grandchildren and her great-grandson. She is also survived by her brother James Coan and her lifelong friend Susan Mc- Cluskey.

Funeral arrangements were by Quinn Hopping Funeral Home, Toms River. Condolences may be sent to www.quinnhoppingfh.com.

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Betty Hill 

Betty Hill, formerly Di Trolio, (nee Adamson) died peacefully at home on July 14. She was 86.

Born in East Orange, she lived many years in Kearny before moving to Seabrook Village in Tinton Falls.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by entombment in the Di Trolio Family Mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Betty was a 1949 graduate of the New York Phoenix School of Design, she was a member of the Arlington Woman’s Club and had been a member of the West Hudson Hospital Woman’s Auxiliary, both in Kearny. After moving to Seabrooke in 2005, Betty hosted a weekly television show every Tuesday. She was active in the Welcoming Committee. Betty loved her life at Seabrooke where she served as president of the Protestant Council and of the Advisory Council.

Betty was the wife of the late Dr. James Di Trolio and the late John H. Hill. She was the mother of the late James P. Di Trolio. She is survived by Gloria and Lois Corbo along with many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are so many dear friends in Kearny and Seabrooke. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Protestant Community of Seabrooke.

Rita Ann Norton 

Rita Ann Norton, 65, a lifelong resident of Harrison, before moving to Kearny 10 years ago, passed away on July 14 at St. Michael’s Hospital, Newark, after a long illness.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave. Harrison. A funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Her interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Rita was the daughter of the late John and Anna Norton (Ocavage).

She was the devoted sister of Dolores Gonzalez (Dennis), beloved aunt of Michael & Amanda Gonzalez, and a cherished cousin of Mary Beth Gerstenmier and her husband Rusty.

Rita was a member and Past Regent of Catholic Daughters Court Cecilia 11, she was a member of Holy Cross Arts & Crafts Group and also a member of Holy Cross Rosary Society. She worked as a computer programmer for Macy’s, Newark, retiring in 1995.

In her free time, she enjoyed arts and crafts. She especially enjoyed making Christmas ornaments and baby blankets. Her family will miss her excellent Christmas cookies. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate Mass Intentions in loving memory of Rita in care of Mulligan Funeral Home.

Pedro Perea 

Pedro Perea died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was 79.

Born in Cordoba, Spain, he lived in Newark before moving to Kearny 48 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Pedro was a model maker and jeweler for William Schraft Designs in Millburn. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Esperanza (nee Luque), his daughters and their husbands Mary and Serafim Monteiro and Mercedes and Jaime Lijo. Also surviving are his grandchildren Serafim, Sabrina, Christian and Sofia. He was predeceased by his grandson Justin.

In lieu of flowers, donations for Lymphoma research would be appreciated.

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Frances Chiariello 

Frances Chiariello (nee Del- Guerrcio) died peacefully at home on July 6. She was 87.

Born in Kearny, she moved to Nutley 25 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Wife of the late Joseph, Frances is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Kaminski, her sister Mary Rose and her husband Jim, her granddaughters Kari Hamburger and Kristi Delacruz and her husband Charlie and her great-grandchildren Ella, Jacob, Sidney, Lea and Jason. She was predeceased by her sister Anna Weber and her husband Elmer.

Marie Del Colle 

Marie Del Colle passed away peacefully at home on July 3. She was 97. Born in Jersey City she moved to North Arlington 30 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Marie was the wife of the late Vincent Del Colle; mother of Bernadette Sammartino (the late Al), Adrienne Tator (Dave), Vincent Del Colle and Doreen Terletzky. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to American Heart Association.

Joseph E. Klein 

Joseph E. Klein died peacefully at home on July 5. He was 89.

Born in Newark, he lived in North Arlington since 1951.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Joe was a World War II Navy veteran and was a truck driver for Anheuser-Busch in Newark. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the North Arlington Bowling League.

Husband of Eleanore (nee Lachance), he was the father of Arthur, Garry, Raymond and Thomas Klein and Joanne Moorhead, brother of Mary Malczynski and the late John Klein, Betty Ference and Tony Klein. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Jean L. Metcalf 

Jean L. Metcalf (nee Laidlaw) died peacefully on July 3 at home. She was 89.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., she lived in North Arlington and Lyndhurst before moving to Hackettstown five years ago.

Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 8 at the funeral home. Private cremation followed. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Jean had been a para mutual clerk at the Meadowlands Sporting Arena for many years.

She is wife of the late James Metcalf; mother of Frank (the late Karen) Augustine, John (Janice) Augustine, Harriet (Larry) Raymond, James (Barbara) Metcalf and William Metcalf; sister of Margaret Lower, John Laidlaw and the late Thomas Laidlaw. She is also survived by her grandchildren Cara, Katie-Rose, JR, Stacey, Kelly, Kyle, Rebecca, Alyson, Brittany and James and her great-grandchildren Trevor, Jesse and Brody.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, in Kearny.

Krzysztof Noga 

Krzysztof Noga, 60, of Kearny died on Saturday, July 12, at his home surrounded by his family. T

he funeral will be from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Wednesday, July 16, at 9 a.m. A funeral Mass will be offered at Our Lady of Czestochowa, Harrison at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Visiting will be on Tuesday, July 15, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Born in Poland, a son of the late Stefan and Jadwiga Noga, Krzysztof came to this country in 1980.

He was a foreman at Gateway Demolition Corp. in New York City and while employed there, was a 9/11 responder.

He was a fishing enthusiast.

Mr. Noga is survived by his beloved wife Maria (nee Kuczabo); his four cherished daughters Monika Glazewski and her husband Jarek, Agnieszka Glazewski and her husband Leszek, Ewa Dorozala and her husband Lukasz and Magda Noga and her fiancé Jorge Estrada; seven grandchildren Mateusz, Sebastian, Damian, Natalia, Weronika, Anthony and Claudia.

Krzysztof was a caring and loving husband, father and grandfather. Most importantly, he was a friend to all and will forever remain in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to meet him.

Donald A. Reiser Jr. 

Donald A. Reiser Jr., 65, died on July 10.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, on July 14. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mr. Reiser was born in Passaic and lived in Bloomfield and then Kearny before moving to Warren 35 years ago.

Donald served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era.

He owned and operated Hudson Electric in Perrineville for many years and was a proud member of IBEW Local 164.

Donald is survived by his wife Joanne (nee Kanetomo); two children Melissa Reiser Mosca and John P. Reiser; his siblings Donna Heal, Robert, William, Jon, Mark and David. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Luka, Cole and Jade Mosca and Cassidy, Kellen and Brennen Reiser.

He was predeceased by his sister Linda Bonassi.

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Arthur W. Anderson 

Arthur W. Anderson, of Kearny, died July 5, in University Hospital in Newark. He was 83.

Memorial visitation will be on Wednesday, July 9, from 4 until 8 p.m., at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 10, at 11 a.m. from the funeral home. Entombment of his ashes will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Arthur served in the United Sates Navy. He was a firefighter in Kearny and retired as a captain. He was a member of Copestone-Ophir Lodge, the F.M.B.A. and had coached Pony League Baseball all in Kearny.

Husband of Patricia Ann (nee Veasey) and father of Cynthia, William E., Arthur J. and Lynda Anderson. He is also survived by his sister Lillian Hedden and his grandchildren Mitchell, Erik, Zachary, Amanda, Max, Alexis and Nicholas.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

John J. Kaletka 

John J. Kaletka, of Kearny, died June 24 in The Alaris Health Care Center at Belgrove. He was 94. He was a lifelong Kearny resident. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

John was a paratrooper during World War II. He saw much action in Italy, France and Belgium. He was a Purple Heart recipient and also served in Gen. Dwight Eisenhower’s security detail. He was a fourth degree Knight of Columbus and was active with the St. Stephen’s Seniors, The Benstead Center and had been vice president of The Lithuanian American Citizens Club. Husband of Frances (nee Tunkavige) and brother of the late Anna Mack, he is also survived by nieces and nephews Diane Moroses (late Jack), George Moroses (Carol) and Carolyn Moroses along with their families. John also leaves behind his best golf buddy Frank Gonzalez.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to your own favorite charity.

Jean L. Metcalf 

Jean L. Metcalf (nee Laidlaw) died peacefully on July 3 at home. She was 89. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., she lived in North Arlington and Lyndhurst before moving to Hackettstown five years ago. Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service will be on Tuesday, July 8, at 11 a.m. from the funeral home. Private cremation will follow. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Jean had been a para mutual clerk at the Meadowlands Sporting Arena for many years.

She was wife of the late James Metcalf; mother of Frank (the late Karen) Metcalf, John (Janice) Augustine, Harriet (Larry) Raymond, James (Barbara) Augustine, and William Metcalf; sister of Margaret Lower, John Laidlaw and the late Thomas Laidlaw. She is also survived by her grandchildren Cara, Katie-Rose, JR, Stacey, Kelly, Kyle, Rebecca, Alyson, Brittany and James and her great-grandchildren Trevor, Jesse and Brody.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, in Kearny.

Robert James Oldknow 

Bob Oldknow, 83, passed away peacefully on June 30.

Born to James and Lillian Oldknow on August 29,1930, he was a longtime resident of Kearny. He graduated from Kearny High in 1948 and joined the U.S. Army, serving with the Army Occupation Forces in Germany before returning to Bordentown, where he served until 1955. Bob joined the Kearny Police Department, serving until 1962, when he joined the Kearny Fire Department as a firefighter and finally assistant to the chief before his retirement in 1990.

Bob was committed to his community, and was an active member of the West Hudson South Bergen Optimist Club. He was elected and served with distinction as governor of the Optimist International for the State of N.J. from 1987 to 1988. He was a member of the Copestone-Ophir Masonic Lodge and served as the Lodge Master Mason. He also had a great passion for local politics. He was a member of the Third Ward Harry S. Truman Club, the Tantaqua Club and was an elected Hudson County Democratic Committee member for over 25 years.

Bob’s second home was Ocean Grove where he ultimately retired with his beloved wife of 59 years, Frances, who predeceased him in November 2013. He made many friends in Ocean Grove, among them was his group of coffee buddies who met every morning on Main St. and landed the group a part in the opening scene of Hillary Duff’s movie filmed in Ocean Grove. Bob had a great sense of humor and loved to talk to everyone he met, making friends wherever he traveled. Bob is survived by his son, Keith Oldknow, Indianapolis. Ind., granddaughters, Meredyth (husband Josh), Katie and great granddaughter, Zoe, daughter Sharon Marshall (husband Steve) Anchorage, Alaska, son, Kent R. Oldknow (wife Joan) Windham, N.Y., grandsons, Bryan, Sean and Kent II (Kerry), daughter, Marlynn Haslund (husband Leif), Tacoma, Washington state, grandchildren, Leif Andrew, Anna, Peter, favorite nieces Missy and Maura, nephews, Mark and Michael and many, many friends.

Visiting will be on Wednesday July 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive. A funeral Mass will be on Thursday, June 10, at 10 a.m., at St. Cecilia Church and the cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Optimist International organization would be greatly appreciated.

Joan M. Smith 

Joan M. Smith, 80, died June 24 at the Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

Born in Newark, she lived in Kearny before moving to North Arlington in 1960.

In 1954 she graduated from the nursing program at Jersey City Medical Center, received a Bachelor of Nursing in 1973 and a master’s degree in nursing in 1976, both from Jersey City State College. She worked as a registered nurse at East Orange General Hospital from 1981 to 1992.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Ann (nee Martin) and late Alfred Smith, the cherished sister of the late Alfred Emmet Smith, the dear sister-in-law of Agnes P. Smith of Parsippany, the adored aunt of Kevin Smith, Brian Smith and his wife Anne, and the loving great-aunt of Cathryn Smith.

She was a member of the Jersey City Medical Center Alumni Association, a former member of the Parish Council of Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, and a member of the Literacy Volunteers of America at the Kearny Public Library.

The funeral was from the Parow Funeral home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington, on Friday, June 27, with a funeral Mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. The entombment followed in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Queen of Peace Church Restoration Campaign, 10 Franklin Place, North Arlington, N.J. 07031

Viola Scott Thomsen 

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Viola Scott Thomsen (formerly Viola Mocarski) passed away at the age of 89, on June 20, at Lytton Gardens Senior Communities in Palo Alto, Calif. Her death was attributed to cardiovascular failure.

Visitation will be on Friday, July 11, at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will take place at The Fewsmith Memorial Presbyterian Church in Belleville, 10 a.m., Saturday, July 12, with burial to follow in Crest Haven Memorial Park, Clifton.

Viola was born on August 8, 1924, and was raised in Walker Valley, near Pine Bush, N.Y. During World War II, she worked as a secretary at Stewart Field in upstate New York. She married Edward Mocarski, and they raised their three children in Belleville. Viola worked for many years in physician’s offices and then as executive assistant to the head of chemistry at Hoffman La Roche Pharmaceuticals in Nutley. After her marriage to Carl Thomsen, she lived in Sparta and later retired to Port St. Lucie West, Fla. Viola recently joined her children and their families in California, residing at Lytton Gardens Assisted Living in Palo Alto.

Throughout her life, Viola maintained many close relationships with family and friends. Wherever she lived, Viola was active in the Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder at churches in Belleville, Sparta and Vero Beach. She loved to travel and enjoyed entertaining as well as the latest in fashion and design. Viola participated in social clubs, card clubs and dinner groups, as well as all aspects of the performing arts, regularly attending local and regional theater with friends. She loved decorating the house for every holiday. Over the last three decades, Viola became a regular golfer.

Wife of the late Edward S. Mocarski and the late Carl Thomsen, she is survived by her son, Dr. Edward S. Mocarski Jr., and his wife Dr. Christine L. Martens, daughter Nancy L. Zarra, daughter Susan J. Mocarski and her husband Darrell E. Elwell.

Also surviving are grandchildren Anthony J. Zarra Jr., Emily C. Mocarski, Shannon S. Lee, Cassandra L. Belt and Ryan C. Elwell.

Please consider a donation to the American Heart Association in honor of Viola.

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