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Obituaries

Manuel A. De Almeida

Manuel A. De Almeida passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 27. He was 96.

Born in Oliveira do sul, Portugal, he lived in Newark before moving to Kearny in 1968.

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

Mr. De Almeida was a member of the Portuguese Continental Union of The U.S.A. and he was a retired blacksmith from P.S.E.G. in Newark.

Husband of Irene (nee Vieira), he is survived by his daughters and their husbands Elissa and John Del Monaco and Dolores and Filipe Silva. Also surviving are his grandchildren and their spouses Eric and Lindsay, Brandon and Diana and Marc and Stacey and his great-grandson John.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The St. Stephen’s Sanctuary Fund.

Ian S. Doris

Ian S. Doris, 75 ,died on Jan. 29, 2014.

The funeral will be from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 9 a.m. A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny, at 10 a.m. Cremation will be private. Visiting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mr. Doris was born in Paisley, Scotland and came to this country in 1963 settling in Kearny. While in Scotland, he served in the British Royal Army.

He was a pipe fitter for Merck in Rahway before retiring in 1998. Prior, he worked in the same capacity for Maxwell House in Hoboken for 23 years.

Ian was a member of the Scott’s American Athletic Club of Kearny.

He is survived by his children Lorna Henry (Joe) and Ian C. Doris; siblings Mary Welsh, Alex, Jim, Anthony and Eddie Doris and three grandchildren Ryan Henry and Kaliegh and Connor Doris.

Billy Farnham

Billy Farnham, of Newark, passed away on Jan. 18.

He was the son of William and Betty Farnham. He is survived by his daughters Coleen and Kelly, his son Dustin, two grandchildren Kayla and Gene, a sister Mary and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Holy Family Church, 28 Brookline Ave., Nutley, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m., in the chapel. Please omit flowers. Arrangements are by Eternal Cremations in Florida.

Donna Marie Lineer

Donna Marie Lineer, (nee Wiedemann), entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the VA NJ Health Care System at Lyons. She was 58.

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

Born in Newark, Donna Marie lived most of her life in Schooley’s Mountain, before enlisting in the U.S. Military. She graduated from West Morris Central High School in 1973. She was medically retired from the U.S. Army on May 1, 1978, after serving her country during peacetime in the post-Vietnam Era. She was a member of the Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association. Most recently, she lived in East Orange. She was raised Catholic and her strong faith in God brought her peace and comfort throughout her life. In her spare time she greatly enjoyed crocheting. Donna was an organ gift donor to the Sharing Network of N.J.

Predeceased by her parents in 2006, Vincent and Margaret (nee DeRocker) Wiedemann, Donna is survived by her loving siblings and spouses: Robert and his wife, Prudence; Joann Donlan and her husband, Daniel; Michael; Paul and his wife, Lucy; and Marybeth Wiedemann; a beloved son, Cory Allen Kent; cherished niece and nephew, Kristin Torres and her husband, Jean and Kevin Donlan and his wife, Olivia. Donna is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to Lyons VA Hospice, VANJHCS/ Attention: Voluntary Service (135LY), 151 Knollcroft Road, Building 2, Lyons, N.J. 07939, In the memo, please state: For Palliative Care unit-7B or to: Make-A-Wish Foundation P.O. Box 6062 Albert Lea, Minn. 56007-6662 in memory of Donna Marie.

Anthony T. LoFasso

Anthony. LoFasso, formerly of Niagara Falls, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 15. He was born Dec. 13, 1924.

Mr. LoFasso owned the Ke- High Luncheonette of Kearny for 14 years before moving to Frederick, Md.

He is survived by two daughters, Kim Mullen of Kearny and Cara Fritz of Frederick, Md., and by loving grandchildren Blake and Julie Mullen of Kearny and James, Abby and Khloe Fritz of Frederick, Md.

Joseph Thomas Mascellino

Joseph Thomas Mascellino, 77, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was offered at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. His entombment took place in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.

Born in Newark, Joseph was a lifelong resident of East Newark. He worked for the Newark Sanitation Department for many years, retiring in 2001.

Predeceased by his wife, Ruth Ann (nee Murray) and his son, Joseph Jr., Joseph is survived by his loving sons, Mark and his wife Liz, Anthony and his wife Regina, and Gerard and his wife Michelle, cherished grandchildren, Danielle, Vincent, Kerry Ann, Amy, Ashley, Anthony, and Tyler, dear great-grandchildren, Robert, Leah, Anyiah and Mia Bella, a brother, Thomas. He is also survived by nieces and cousins. Joseph was predeceased by his sisters, Josephine and Pamela and his daughter-in-law, Rosie.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to a charity of choice in loving memory of Joseph.

Evelyn L. McKinnon

Evelyn L. McKinnon died on Jan. 29 at Care One in Wall Township. She was 89.

Born in LaGrande, Ore., she lived most of her life in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held at Grace United Methodist Church, Kearny, followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Evelyn, a World War II veteran, served in the United States Marine Corps from 1944 through 1946. She was an accounting clerk for Prudential in Newark for many years and often helped in the family business, McKinnon Bakery. She was an active member of Grace Church, serving as the treasurer. Evelyn was also a member of the Salvation Army and was a volunteer at West Hudson Hospital.

Daughter of the late James and Eveline (nee Lawrie) McKinnon, she is survived by her cousin Betty Holt, her nephew and niece Sandy and Jennifer Holt and their son Alexander McKinnon Holt. She was predeceased by her brother Jack and his wife Shelia (nee Scotland) and her cousin George Holt.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Grace Church.

Kathleen Wilma Neal

Kathleen Wilma Neal, (nee Sprague), 48, passed away at home on Jan. 12.

Born in Newark, she was a lifelong resident of Irvington.

She worked for as a crossing guard for Irvington; prior to that she was a bus driver for the Irvington Senior Citizens. She was predeceased by her parents Earl and Arlene Sprague.

She is survived by her brothers Robert, Patrick and Dennis Sprague, and her aunt Ann Marie Ricciardelli. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts uncles and cousins.

Private arrangements were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. The family kindly requests donations to: American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va., 22312.

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Joe Pereira

Joe Pereira, 56, died on Jan. 26 at his home in Kearny after a courageous two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

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

Joe was born to Albano and Maria (de Jesus) Pereira on May 25, 1957 in Newark.

Mr. Pereira worked at G.M.A.C. in Linden then FAPS, Inc. in Newark, and also owned several businesses in his short life.

He was an active member and coach for Kearny Recreation. For many years Joe coached the Kearny Generals Peewees, the Kearny Rec. Wrestling team and the major minor Cali Carting team. He was very active in the Kearny Booster Club while his children attended Kearny High.

Joe is survived by Lorie (Rebelo); his children Christian, Calla Marie and Chad; one granddaughter Alyara; and his sibilings Roy, Jay, Lisa O’Neil and Amelia Saraiva. He also leaves behind his in-laws and many nieces and nephews.

Joe touched many lives and will be remembered by those who knew him as a loving friend that always put others ahead of himself.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Camp Sunshine 35 Acadia Rd. Casco, Maine 04051 or at www.campsunshine.org.

Jorge Quiroz

Jorge Quiroz, of Kearny and formerly of Harrison, passed away on Friday, Jan. 31 at the age of 85 due to heart complications at JFK Hospital, Edison.

He was the husband of Ana Llerena, father of Isaias, Juan, Maria and Giovanni, father-in-law of Bertha, Mimi; grandfather of Joseph, Mike, Maria, Evelyn, Joshi, Stephanie, Fabian; uncle of Margot Rugel, Kike, Raul, Gladys, Maria, Carlos Pescoran.

A funeral service was held at the funeral home, following by a private cremation.

Donald A. Wojciechowski

Donald A. Wojciechowski, 55, of Palm Bay, Fla., formerly of Kearny, passed away on Jan. 13.

Private cremation was handled by Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Melbourne, Fla. A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16 at Lacey United Methodist Church on Lacey Road in Forked River.

Donnie leaves behind a wife, three children Melissa, D.J. and John, and one grandchild Mason. Also surviving are a sister Pat Cosgrove (Joe), brothers Eddie (Monique), Gary (Dana), Mark and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Don was predeceased by his parents Ed and Jane.

Donald was a bartender at the family-owned Terrace Tavern in Kearny before moving to Florida.

For information or to send condolences to the family, please email eddiewoj@comcast.net.

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Eleanor S. Cowburn

Eleanor S. Cowburn (nee Scott), of Kearny, died at home on Jan. 23. She was 98.

Private arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Burial will take place in Arlington Cemetery. To leave an online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Eleanor was married to Carl H. Booth Jr., who was killed in World War II. After the war, she met and married Frederick F. Cowburn, who was also a decorated war veteran. Fred died in 1999 on their 52nd wedding anniversary.

Mother of Ellen L. Goodlad and Jean C. Cowburn (Giuliano), she is the sister of the late Ruth Hammer and grandmother of Marcy Fisher (Bernie) and Kerry Goodlad Roberts (Jeff). Also surviving are her grandchildren Tyler, Kylie and Casey and her devoted caregivers Rosa Ortiz and Rosa Corrales. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project.

Catherine McClelland

Catherine McClelland (nee Cowan) died at home on Jan. 20. She was 90.

Born in Hamilton, Scotland, she lived many years in Kearny before moving to Lakewood. She lived the past two years in Kenvil. Arrangements were 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. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

During World War II, Catherine proudly served in the Wrens (Women’s Royal Naval Service) while living in Scotland. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Wife of the late John Lindsay McClelland (for 64 years), she is survived by her children and their spouses Arthur and Patti McClelland, Mary Buist (the late Bill) and Jean and Rich Bartholomew. She was the grandmother of Ian Mc- Clelland, Billy and Amy Buist and Richard, Lindsay and Kate Bartholomew. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Madelyn, Gracie, Camerynne and John.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Summit Speech School in New Providence www.summitspeech.org.

George Parker

George Parker, 48, of Utica and formerly of Newark, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19.

He was born May 20, 1965 in Newark, a son of the late Arthur and Barbara (Sweet) Parker. George was educated in New Jersey schools.

Surviving are his daughters, Nicole Payne and Danielle Matos both of Kearny; sisters, Diane (Tim) Howard, Utica and Nancy Parker; grandchildren, Natalia, Jacqueline, Luis, Katrina, David, Diana and Danara and several nieces, nephews and cousins. George was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Jean Parker and brother, Arthur Parker.

Arrangements were by the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams and Edmunds Funeral Homes, 1123 Court at York Streets, Utica.

Online expressions of sympathy please go to www.dimblebyfriedelfuneralhomes.com.

Margaret Pidgeon

Mrs. Margaret Pidgeon, a lifelong Kearny resident, died on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at home. She was 95.

The funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Cecilia’s Church in Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny (condonfuneralhome.com).

Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Daniel P. Pidgeon (2000) and is survived by her children Daniel (Mary), Patricia (John) Hogan and Paul Pidgeon; a sister, Anna Riley and her grandchildren, Daniel and David Pidgeon, John, Kevin and Daniel Hogan and Amy Horton. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren.

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Jason DeFina

Jason DeFina died on Dec. 21 at home. He was 47.

Born in Jersey City, he lived in Newark for the past 20 years.

Private arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Jason is survived by his wife Michelle (nee Santamassino), his children Melissa and Jason, his brothers Tony and Rance and four grandchildren.

Charles William Girgan

Charles William Girgan, of Kearny and Palm Coast, Fla., 89, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 16.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 663 Kearny Ave, Kearny. Arrangements are by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny.

Charlie, as he was known to his many friends, may be remembered for his successes in business and on the athletic field. Those who knew him best, however, will cherish most of all, his spirit of humility, honesty, kindness and generosity.

A resident of Kearny for 65 years of his 89 years, Charlie was born and raised on Johnson Ave., a street affectionately remembered as “Cooper’s Block.” He graduated from Kearny High School in 1942 as a member of both the football and baseball teams. He then enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served as Quartermaster 1st Class on the U.S.S. Huse Destroyer Escort (DE) 145 during World War II. For service to their country, Charlie and his shipmates received four Bronze Stars as well as the Victory Medal. Always a sportsman, Charlie obtained his Bachelor of Business degree from the former Upsala College, East Orange, Class of 1949, where he was captain of the football team. It was there where he met the great love of his life, Evelyn Kemp and asked her to marry him. Married on April 1, 1951, they went on to share a marriage of 62 years, which will forever be an inspiration to all who knew them.

Always with Evelyn by his side, Charlie continued his football career as a kicker for the Jersey City Giants of the American Professional Football League. Later as a chartered property and casualty underwriter (CPCU), he went on to build a respected career in the insurance industry as partner of Mintz and Girgan (currently Mintz, Girgan and Brightly), a position he held for over 50 years.

His love of sport flourished in his passion for golf, which he played alongside lifelong friends at Forest Hills Field Club (FHFC) in Bloomfield, where he served as vice president for many years.

He is survived by his cherished wife Evelyn; devoted daughters Jeanne Naughton and her husband Michael and Jan Girgan and her husband Carl Picillo as well as two adoring grandsons, Michael Charles and William Ellis Naughton. He is also survived by several nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Jon Girgan.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Barnabas Health and Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 95 Short Hills Road, West Orange, N.J. 07052 or charity of choice would be appreciated.

Marilyn Gruchacz

Marilyn Gruchacz, (nee Mc- Corry), entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at home in Point Pleasant. She was 71.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison.

For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Born in Harrison, she lived most of her life in Bloomfield before returning to Point Pleasant in 2008. She worked for Mutual Benefit Insurance Company, Newark, for many years. She was a graduate of Queen of Peace High School, North Arlington.

She is survived by her loving children Brian, Kevin and Jill and her cherished grandchildren Elizabeth, Tyler and Lucas. She is also survived by her ex-husband Michael Gruchacz.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105- 1942 in memory of Marilyn.

Thomas Laidlaw, Patricia Robertson Laidlaw

 

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Thomas Laidlaw, 82, formerly of Kearny, passed away Tuesday Dec. 31, in St Petersburg, Fla., and his loving wife, Patricia (Patsy) Robertson Laidlaw, formerly of Harrison, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Clearwater, Fla.

Born and raised in Kearny, Thomas married Patricia Robertson on July 24, 1954, at Holy Cross Church in Harrison.

He was the economic development director for Somerset Co., Md., before retiring to Florida with his wife in 1996. Prior to that, he served as corporate vice president and general manager of Ametek, Odenton, Md., division vice president of Sherwin Williams, Cleveland, Ohio, and director of industrial engineering for RCA Corp., Harrison.

Tom was a graduate of Kearny High School, where he was an All-State soccer player and a captain of the Kearny team. He continued to play in college, being awarded a soccer scholarship from Seton Hall University, South Orange, where he received his undergraduate degree. He maintained ties to the Kearny and Seton Hall soccer alumni associations, attending annual banquets and being honored for his commitment to Kearny and Seton Hall soccer. He received his executive MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956.

Patsy was born and raised in Harrison. She raised their four children prior to becoming the executive secretary for the legal department at the American Shipbuilding Corp, Cleveland, Ohio, before retiring. Previously, she was an executive secretary in the engineering department at RCA Corp.

She was a graduate of Queen of Peace High School, North Arlington, and Washington Secretarial College, Newark. She also attended Seton Hall University and George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

They are survived by their loving children, Patricia, Thomas Jr. (Cindy), Margaret Laidlaw Kelso, and Janet Bertan (Bruce); three grandchildren, Andrew, Christopher and Wyette Bertan; Patsy’s sister Martha Robertson, and Tom’s two sisters, Margaret Lower (Donald), Jean Metcalf, and his brother John (Helen).

Burial services will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington on March 15, at 11 a.m. Please view and sign the online guestbook at www.blountcurrywest.com.

Clemente S. Lopez Jr.

Clemente S. Lopez Jr. entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Jan. 12, at home in Harrison. He was 63.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison.

Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, he lived most of his life there before moving to Harrison, two years ago. He worked as a home health aide for the last two years. Prior to that, he was an auto body painter in the Philippines. In his free time, Clemente enjoyed singing, karaoke and reading.

Predeceased by his parents, Clemente B. Lopez Sr. and Felipa R. (Sarte) Lopez and a brother Edgar Lopez (2013), he is survived by his beloved fiancé Arlene Cecista of Manila, his loving children, Darwin, Elvira, Clemente III, Alexander, Corazon, Elizabeth, Carlo and Aubrey and John Clement, dear brothers and sisters Amelita Lopez, Mercedita Laqui, Alberto Lopez, Maria Clarita Enriquez, Elpidio Lopez and Hermosa Lopez, and 15 grandchildren. Clemente is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Marguerite A. Woods

Marguerite A. Woods, (nee McEnroe), entered into eternal rest peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at home.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison.

For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome. org.

Born in Newark, she was a lifelong resident of Harrison. She worked as an administrative assistant for Hudson County Schools of Technology, North Bergen. Marguerite was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church and a member of the Harrison Senior Citizens.

Marguerite was a very active women who enjoyed bowling, reading on Chadwick Beach, the outdoors and most importantly, spending time with her grandchildren. She was well known for her impromptu homemade pizza parties.

Predeceased by her parents Richard and Julia McEnroe, she is survived by her loving children, Donald, Stephen and his wife Joan, James and his wife Kimberly, Andrew and Patricia and her husband Mark. She was cherished grandmother of Ryan and Conor Woods, Michael and Ashley Woods, and Dakota and Tristan Hatcher. She was the dear sister of Raymond McEnroe, sister-in-law of Carol McEnroe, Harry Woods, Robert and Claire Greene, and James and Elaine Poplaski. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Frank Goresh

Frank Goresh passed away on Sunday, Jan. 5, surrounded by his family.

Born on Jan. 3, 1940, Frank just celebrated his 74th birthday. He was born in Newark, and became a longtime resident of Kearny.

He was employed by the United States Postal Service for 29 years before retiring in 2000. Frank loved his country and served in the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany in 1962 and was honorable discharged in 1968.

His hobbies were collecting memorabilia for the Civil War and taking trips to Gettysburg, Va. Frank also enjoyed watching old-time movies and relaxing in his favorite chair.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Frank M. and Julia Goresh, son Keith T. Goresh, two grandsons Michael F. Goresh and Ryan M. Goresh and a brother Alexander (Ally) Goresh. He is predeceased by his parents Frank and Stella (D’Mytrowitz) Goresh and a brother John Goresh and says goodbye to two long-time friends Joseph Fernandez and Salvator Petruzzi.

A private ceremony was arranged by Shaw-Buyus Home for Services, 138 Davis Avenue, Kearny, and Frank has an eternal resting place at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Barbara Jean Gorski

Barbara Jean (Laue) Gorski, 60, of Honesdale, died on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Regional Hospital in Scranton, Pa. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Chester “Chet” Gorski Jr. The couple married on May 8, 1975, in St. Cecilia’s Church in Kearny.

Born on June 9, 1953, in Irvington, she was the daughter of the late Hans and Dorothy Laue. She was a graduate of Irvington High School, class of 1971. Shortly thereafter, she met her future husband while she was a member of the Woodsiders Drum and Bugle Corps in Harrison, and became engaged in 1974. Barb became the youngest Worthy Matron of the Irvington Chapter of the Eastern Star.

Barb and her husband resided in Kearny, and she was employed as a dental technician with Custom Cast in Irvington. In 1989, she and her family moved to Masthope Ski Mountain Community in Lackawaxen, Pa. Shortly after, she began working at Woodloch Pines Resort in Hawley, Pa., as a reservation clerk. In 2008 she moved to Beach Lake, Pa. and retired from Woodloch in 2011.

Barb was a proud deacon at the First Presbyterian Church in Honesdale, Pa., past VFW Ladies Auxiliary President of Honesdale Post 531, past member of the Masthope Mountain Board of Directors and a Cub Scout Den Leader of Pack 410 of the Beach Lake UMC.

Barb’s love, support, smiling face and positive attitude will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter Jennifer Thomas and husband David of Lackawaxen, Pa.; her son Chester “Andy” Gorski of Beach Lake, Pa.; her brother Joseph Laue and wife JoAnn of Lincroft; her grandchildren Logan Gorski and Kole Gorski Thomas and also her beloved dogs Sarge, Semper, Shotzie and Izzy.

Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church in Honesdale, followed by interment in Indian Orchard Cemetery, Honesdale, Pa. Arrangements were by the Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., Honesdale, Pa.. Condolences may be sent to www.hesslingfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions can be made to VFW Ladies Auxiliary, 736 Main St., Honesdale, Pa. 18431.

John E. Jimenez

John E. Jimenez died Jan. 7 at home. He was 72.

Born in Puerto Rico, John lived in Union for 21 years and prior to that, he lived in Irvington.

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

John was formerly married to Catherine (nee McGaheran). He was the father of Katy Hayes, Susan, John E. Jr., and David Jimenez and the late Robin Lynn Jimenez and brother of Pedro Jimenez and Teresa and Carmen Velez. He is also survived by his four grandchildren James Logan, Jenna Heather, Fiona Raven and Brooklynne Reilly.

Frederick J. Kuhrt Jr.

Frederick J. “Freddie” “Rick” Kuhrt Jr., 58, a lifelong resident of Kearny, died suddenly on Jan. 9.

Arrangements were by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr.

A Mass of Christian burial was officiated at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Cremation was private.

Condolences may be sent to www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mr. Kuhrt was an automotive technology teacher at Kearny High School for 34 years. He received his B.A. in Industrial Technology at Kean University.

He was a member of the NJEA, the Kearny Teacher’s Association, The Wanderers Car Club of Sussex County, The MG Car Club of Central N.J., The Saxton Falls Hunting Club, president of The Owsego Fishing Club of Kearny, former head coach of The Rifle Club and Freshman Football Coach both at Kearny High School and a seasonal camper at The Great Divide, Green Township.

He was the beloved husband of Deborah Rossi Kuhrt for 34 years, son of Stephanie Levchak Kuhrt and the late Frederick J. Kuhrt Sr., father of Frederick J. “Rick” Kuhrt III (Nicole), member of The NJSP Netcong Barracks and Michael Kuhrt, brother of John Kuhrt (Karen), Lorraine Fitzgerald (Richard) and Garry Kuhrt.

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship at Kearny High School will be created in Mr. Kuhrt’s name and contributions to that scholarship would be appreciated.

Edilia E. Perez

Edilia E. Perez (nee Fadraga) 81, of Kearny, died on Jan. 9 at her home.

A Mass of Christian burial was officiated at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mrs. Perez was born in Maximo Gomez, Cuba and came to the United States in 1971, settling in Newark and moving to Kearny in 1980. She was a member of The Breast Cancer Survivor Foundation, Kearny.

She exemplified the American Dream. Through hard work and dedication to her family and her country that she loved, she was able to raise a family, travel through Europe and Latin America and purchase her house in Kearny in 1980. Her legacy of love lives on in the hearts of all whose lives she touched.

She was the beloved wife of Juan J. Perez of 52 years, dear mother of Maria Rockfol (Donald), grandmother of Katarina Rockfol, sister of Sarah Goyenechea (Manuel), Eva Tovar and the late Hilda Alfonso, Carlos and Miguel Fadraga, sister-in-law of Roberto Alfonso, aunt of Victoria Fadraga-Matos (Raymon) and their son Raymon, Carlos Goyenechea (Maureen) and their sons Kevin and Ryan, Manuel Goyenechea and Esperanza Clinchot (Charles) and their daughters Kaitlyn and Alexis.

In lieu of flowers, donations To Make A Wish Foundation, 1347 Perrineville Rd., Monroe Township, N.J. 08831 (www.nj.wish.org) would be appreciated.

James Perritt

James Perritt, 70, died on Jan. 4.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. The funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation.

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

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

He served in the U.S. Marines from 1966 to 1968.

Mr. Perritt worked for Monsanto Chemical, which later became Solutia Chemical, in South Kearny for 45 years, retiring several years ago.

James was a member of Frobisher Post 99 American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, both of Kearny.

He is survived by his wife JoAnne (nee Generoso); three daughters Tracey Solinski (Michael), Katherine Perritt and Kelly Perritt; two sisters Sandra Strain and Georgene Delaney; two brothers Arthur and Edward Perritt and his five beloved grandchildren; Nicholas and Jonathon Solinski and Christopher, Gianna and Juliana Perritt.

He was predeceased by his parents James and Margaret (Matthews) Perritt and his sister Diane Santamassino.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38101.

Henry M. Sarnas

Henry M. Sarnas, 64, passed away on Friday, Jan. 10, at Community Hospital in Toms River. He was born in Irvington and resided in Kearny for many years before moving to Bayville.

Henry attended Newark College of Engineering. He worked for PSE&G in Harrison (Gas Generating plant) for many years.

He was the beloved brother of Deacon John Sarnas and his wife Zofia, and the late Robert Sarnas; brother-in law of Donna Sarnas; cherished uncle of Magdalena and Malwina; loyal friend of 50 years, Robert Testa.

Relatives and friends are welcome to attend the funeral on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 9 a.m. at the Shaw- Buyus Home for Services, 138 Davis Ave., at Bergen Ave. Kearny. Thence to Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny, where at 10 a.m., the funeral Mass will be offered. Cremation is private. Visitation is on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 3 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 (donor stjude.org) would be appreciated.

Evelyn V. Sirois

Evelyn V. (nee Cullen) Sirois of North Arlington (formerly of Bayonne) passed away on Sunday, Jan. 12, at the age of 88. Born in Jersey City, she had lived in Bayonne before moving to North Arlington 30 years ago. She was a tube tester with R.C.A. in Harrison for over 30 years prior to her retirement.

Mrs. Sirois was predeceased by her husband, Reginald A. Sirois; step-son Brian Sirois; sister, Margaret Hoey and brother William Cullen. Surviving are her sisterin- law, Anna Mae Cullen; nieces and nephews, Janice Cullen, Debbie Petruska, Kathleen Chapman, Eileen McNamara, Charles Hoey, and Kenneth Hoey.

Visitation will be at the Dzikowski, Pierce & Levis Funeral Home, 24 E. 19th St., Bayonne, on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be from the funeral home on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Please visit www.dplfh.com for directions and condolence messages.

Margaret T. Was

Margaret T. Was (nee Reto), 87, of Clifton, passed away peacefully on Jan. 10.

Born in East Newark, Margaret was raised in Harrison, graduated from Holy Cross School in 1940 and then Holy Cross Commercial in 1942. She lived in Clifton for the past 49 years. Before retirement, she had been employed as a substitute secretary for the Clifton Board of Education for seven years. Prior employment had been as a production manager with Fischer-Stevens in Clifton.

She was a faithful attendee of St. Clare RC Church in Clifton. Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Stanley Was; her former husband, Francis Rowland; and by her sister, Ellen McNamara.

She is survived by her children and loved ones: Patrick Rowland and his wife, Mary Jane, of Old Bridge; John Rowland and Linda Kain of Lakewood; Thomas Rowland of Kearny and Theresa Fleming; Jane Garbus of Clifton; and Ellen Kilpatrick and her husband, Joseph, of West Orange. She is also survived by her dear niece, Ellen Jennings of Madison. Margaret left behind four grandchildren: Nicole Bakaj and her husband, Thomas Mullen; Pamela Tracy and her husband, Stephen; Kelsey Rowland; and Anna Garbus. She also leaves behind four great-grandchildren: Archer and Kieran Mullen and Vanessa and Cameron Tracy.

All of the above consider it a blessing to have been a part of her life.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. from the Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 1313 Van Houten Ave., Clifton, and 10 a.m. at St. Clare RC Church, 31 Allwood Rd., Clifton. Final service will follow at East Ridgelawn Cemetery, 244 Main Ave., Clifton. Please visit www.bizub.com for driving directions and online condolences.

Obituaries

Frank Alonzo

Frank Alonzo, 77, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 3, at his home in Harrison.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave, Harrison, on Tuesday Jan. 7, at 9:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church, East Newark, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 8:45 a.m. Tuesday. For information, directions or to send condolences to the family please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Born in Oak Hill, W. Va., Frank moved to New Jersey as a young boy before moving to Harrison 44 years ago.

He served in the United States Air Force for four years.

He had worked for Raritan Valley Bus Service and N.J. Bell Telephone Company before retiring in 1993.

Frank is survived by his beloved wife, Amelia “Sissy” (nee Belmont); his devoted nieces Maria Belmont and Anita Ferreira and her husband, Tony and their children Anthony, Jenna and Jillian; and by his caring sisters, Jeanne Orcutt and husband Harold, Sue Kolcun and husband Chuck and his brother, Donald and wife Nancy. Frank was a fun-loving and dedicated uncle to his six nieces and nephews, Diane, Chuck, Chrissy, Rob, Joe and Mike; 10 great-nieces and nephews and two great-great-nephews.

Donations may be made to either St. Anthony’s Church, 409 N. Second St., East Newark, N.J. 07029 or to Hospice Care of Hackensack, 25 E. Salem St. 2nd Floor, Hackensack, N.J. 07601 in loving memory of Frank.

Marie Basile

Marie P. Basile, 69, died on Dec. 21 in St. Joseph Villa in Wissahickon, Pa.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Cecilia’s Church, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com.

Miss Basile was born in Brooklyn and lived in North Arlington before moving to Kearny in 1972.

She was a clerk for Prudential Insurance in Woodbridge for 35 years, retiring in 1996.

Marie is survived by her brother Thomas A. Basile and his wife Denise Wallack; one niece Yvonne Basile; her uncle Anthony Basile, and her cousin Carolyn Basile.

Mary Ann Bielski

Mary Ann Bielski (nee Brennan), of Toms River, passed away Monday, Dec. 30, at St. Claire’s Hospital in Dover.

Mary Ann was born on March 25, 1949, to the late Martin and Catherine Brennan of Kearny. Mary Ann is survived by her husband Robert Bielski and her daughter Erin Catherine Coller and her husband Matthew, all of Toms River, and also her brother, Joseph Brennan of Bergenfield.

Mary Ann was a devoted wife and loving mother who enjoyed time with her family and spending her summers at Island Beach State Park. Mary Ann was a member of the Fairleigh Dickinson financial aid family for 12 years from 2000-2012. Mary Ann exemplified unselfishness and touched the hearts of those that knew and loved her. Mary Ann was a parishioner at St. Justin the Martyr Church, Toms River.

Arrangements were by the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 995 Fischer Blvd., Toms River. A Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Jan. 6, at St. Justin the Martyr Church, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, both in Toms River. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the ALS Association: 321 Norristown Rd. Suite 260 Ambler, Pa. 19002 in honor of Mary Ann Bielski. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.

Jorge L. Bless

Jorge L. Bless, of Kearny, passed away on Dec. 31. He was 43-years-old.

Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Jorge moved to the United States with his family when he was 12-years-old. They lived in Harrison before moving to Kearny in 1995. He worked for AXA Financial, Secaucus, as a annuity analyst for the last 11 years.

Jorge is survived by his beloved wife, Maria (Roca), cherished daughters Natalie and Melanie Bless, loving parents, Jorge E. and Ana M. (Santos) Bless and dear siblings, Henry E. Bless and Ana E. Martinez.

Arrangements were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. His funeral services and interment will take place in Peru. For information or to send condolences to the family please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Mary Victoria McDonough

Mary Victoria McDonough, 67, died peacefully at home on Jan. 1 after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was offered at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Her interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Known to her family as Torry, and to her friends as Vicki, Mary Victoria was born on August 14, 1946, in Newark and lived most of her life in her beloved Harrison. She attended Holy Cross School, Marylawn of the Oranges Academy, and graduated from the College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, in 1968. Her teaching career included 19 years with the Harrison School District where she taught first grade. She had also taught English at the El Centro Bilingual, Cuernavaca, Mexico. A parishioner of Holy Cross Church for most of her life, Mary Victoria served as a lector and as a Eucharistic minister. She was active in the church choir, the Rosary Society and taught C.C.D. for many years. Her community service included membership on the Board of Trustees of the Harrison Public Library and teaching English as a second language.

Predeceased by her parents, Marie T. (Young) and Raymond J. McDonough Sr., Mary Victoria is survived by her sisters, Maureen Miller of Sparta, and Kathleen Fitzpatrick of Los Angeles, by her brothers and sisters-in-law Thomas and Ann McDonough and Mayor Raymond McDonough and his wife Constance, all of Harrison, nieces Kimberly and husband Alfredo Huaranga, Breena and husband Taku Taira of Glendale, Calif., Kara and husband David Bajot of Palo Alto, Calif., nephews Thomas and wife Tara McDonough and Michael and wife Suzi of Mission Viejo, Calif. and great-nieces and nephews, Anthony and Giuliana Huaranga, Lev and Sei Taira, and Katie and Sarah Fitzpatrick and Alex Bajot.

Mary Victoria will be greatly missed by her family and by her many friends and associates both at Holy Cross and Lincoln School. Memorial donations may be made to the Holy Cross Restoration Fund, 16 Church Square, Harrison, N.J. 07029 or to a charity of your choice in her loving memory.

Anna Mae Pearn

Anna M. (Joll) Pearn, 94, died on Dec. 27, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. The funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by interment in Rosedale Cemetery, Linden. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mrs. Pearn was born in Kearny and lived there most of her life.

She was employed for the U.S. Postal Service and served as a personnel supervisor at the bulk mail in Kearny for many years.

Anna is survived by her children Maryann Witherspoon, Fred, Frank and Tom; one sister Mildred Mella; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Frederick Pearn, her sons Robert and John and her grandson Freddie.

Pauline Plaugic

Mrs. Pauline Plaugic, of Kearny, died on Dec. 31. She was 77.

The funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Condon Funeral Home 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny.

Mrs. Plaugic had been an administrative assistant for Bambergers in Newark for many years until retiring.

Pauline is survived by her husband, Donald and her children, Deborah Diglio (Paul), Paula Bardzilowski (Ronald), Donna Pedati (Philip) and Donald Plaugic Jr. (Angelina). Also surviving are her brother, Harry Gerstenmaier as well as her 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donations to barnabashealthhospice.org.

Mary Wharrie

Mary Wharrie (nee Mc- Nally) died Dec. 9 at her home in North Arlington.

Born in Paisley, Scotland, she lived in North Arlington for the past 48 years.

She was a food service worker at the West Hudson Hospital in Kearny before her retirement. She was a member of the North Arlington, Happy Senior Citizens and the North Arlington Senior Activity Center.

She was the beloved wife of the late William James, the cherished mother of Raymond and his wife Alice and William and his wife Robin, the loving grandmother of William Craig and Steven James, and the dear sister of James McNally of England and Nan Bennett of Australia.

The funeral service was held at the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Rd., North Arlington, on Thursday, Dec. 12. A private cremation followed.

Donations in her memory may be made to the North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Rd., North Arlington, N.J. 07031.

Obituaries

Joan Elizabeth Fearns

Joan E. (nee Lake) Fearns, 71, beloved mother, sister and grandmother, of Harrison, passed away on Friday, Dec. 27, at Arbor Glen Center in Cedar Grove.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Avenue, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison.

For information or to send condolences to the family please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Mrs. Fearns was born in her home on Kingsland Ave. in Harrison. She graduated from Holy Cross Commercial in 1959, worked for the Newark Evening News, became a stay at home mom and worked for IT&T in the 1980’s as a solder worker. Her family described her as the most treasured mother in this universe. “She has battled most of her life with her health and showed us no weakness. Her courage and strength was remarkable. Our mother is the most beautiful woman we ever saw…all we are we owe to her. We will love and miss her until the end of our time,” the family said.

She is predeceased by her brothers, William, Fred, Phil, George and Henry, her sisters, Evelyn, Clair, Marilyn and Audrey.

She is survived by her loving sister, Shirley Durand, her beloved daughters, Margaret Fearns and Michael Suttle of Las Vegas, Nev., Joan Asbaty and her husband Thomas of Randolph, Michele Lopez and her husband Paul of Lititz, Pa., and her loving son, Michael and his wife Kathy of Little Falls. She was cherished grandmother to Thomas, Rebecca, Eric and Katherine and grand-dogs Murphy and Buddy. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, her very dear friend Maureen Macarthur and her friends in the Harrison Gardens.

The family asks in lieu of flowers, a donation in Joan’s memory may be made to the Harrison Cancer League, P.O. Box 741, Harrison, N.J. 07029.

Elizabeth A. Lydecker

Elizabeth A. (Spring) Lydecker, 75, passed away on Dec. 25 at the St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Entombment followed in Garden of Memories, Paramus.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com.

Ms. Lydecker was born in Worcester, Mass., and lived in Kearny for the last 20 years. She was a baker at Alexander’s/ Ridge Bakery in North Arlington for many years. The bakery was owned by her son John.

Elizabeth is survived by her children Kathleen Lydecker and her companion Frank, Luanne Cook and her husband Frank, Gene Lydecker and his wife Victoria and John Sparling and his wife Susan; her sisters Sally Topoleski and Linda Dammeyer. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Lillian M. Ober

Lillian M. Ober (nee Arnone) died Dec. 27. She was 68.

Born in Jersey City, she lived in Kearny and Nutley before moving to Stewartsville four years ago.

Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Church, East Newark. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Lillian was an accounts payable clerk at Hartz Mountain and she had been a CCD teacher at St. Anthony’s.

Husband of John L. Ober, she is survived by her daughters and their husbands Joann and Gabe Salas and Patricia and Teddy Burbella. Sister of Michael Arnone, Joanne Mullins, Lucy Bruno, Marie Mongon, Christine Arnone and Salvatore Arnone, she is also survived by her grandchildren Michael and Alex.

Patrick O’Donnell

Patrick O’Donnell died on Dec. 25 at home. He was 81.

Born in Glasgow, he lived most of his life in Scotland and Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Cremation was private. To leave an online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mr. O’Donnell was a plasterer for Local 3 in Newark. He was a member of the Irish and Scots Clubs, both in Kearny. Husband of the late Agnes and the late Patricia, he is survived by his children Neil O’Donnell, Gina Wiltrout, Pat O’Donnell and Andrew O’Donnell. Brother of Christina, Richard and Andrew O’Donnell he is also survived by 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Julio Veliz

Julio Veliz, of Newark, died Dec. 22. He was 65.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Julio is survived by his wife Maria and his children Nestor, Rossana, Ambar, and Stephanie, seven siblings and six grandchildren.

Obituaries

Jane Theresa Capuano

Jane Theresa Capuano (nee Nowakowski) passed away on Dec. 16 at the age of 65. Born in Newark, she lived in Kearny for the last 30 years. Jane completed her undergraduate education at Rutgers University in Newark and went on to complete her graduate education at both Rutgers University and Kean College. S

he was a reference librarian at the Newark Public Library, starting in 1972. She was also employed at the Montclair Library and St. Cecilia’s School in Kearny.

Jane is survived by her beloved husband Jim and cherished daughter Amy, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Cecilia’s Church, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Edmund H. Costa

Edmund H. Costa, 85, of Little Egg Harbor, passed away Monday, Dec. 16, at Arcadia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Little Egg Harbor.

He was born in Fall River, Mass., residing there, Newark, and Kearny, prior to moving to Little Egg Harbor.

Ed previously worked as a sanitation inspector for Kearny. He was a member of Knights of Columbus of St. Cecilia, Kearny, and St. Theresa’s R.C. Church, Little Egg Harbor. Ed was predeceased by his wife Emma. He is survived by his sons Edmund Costa and wife Margaret, Little Egg Harbor, Glenn Costa and wife Anita, Kearny, and David Costa, daughter Debbie Junner, Little Egg Harbor, grandchildren, Edmund Costa III and wife Katie, Jessica Klein and husband Jason, Mellisa Junner, Christopher Costa and wife Jen, and Glenn Costa, great-grandchildren, Anthony, Angelo, and Jason.

Visitation was at Wood Funeral Home, 134 E. Main St., Tuckerton. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Theresa’s Church, 450 Radio Rd., Little Egg Harbor, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to St. Jude Cancer Research.

Helen Cecilia Jankowski

Mrs. Helen Cecilia Jankowski, 92, of Smyrna, Ga., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18. A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 21, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Smyrna with Father Andrews Kollannoor officiating. Services in New Jersey will be announced at a later date.

Thomas F. McShane Sr.

Thomas F. McShane Sr., of Kearny, died Dec. 18 at the Alairis Health Care Center in Kearny. He was 86.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., 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.

Mr. McShane was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a retired letter carrier from the U.S. Postal Service in Kearny. He was a past president of the National Association of Letter Carriers. He was a member of the Ancient Order Hibernians and Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his children and their spouses Thomas F. McShane and Ann, Mary McShane-Hagman and Tom, Brian McShane and Imelda and Patricia McShane- Pettigrew and Michael, along with his grandchildren Erin, Thomas, Kristina, Samantha, Michael, Brian, Joseph and Anthony. He was predeceased by his daughter Margie and his siblings Alice Sauer and Lawrence McShane.

Antoinette ‘Ann’ Monacelli

Antoinette “Ann” Monacelli (nee Sansone) died Dec. 16 at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center.

Ann was born in Kearny and resided there for 75 years before moving, to be closer to her son and grandson, to Middlesex. She retired from Guyon Pipe Company in 1993 where she worked as a sales representative. Years ago she enjoyed her membership at The Marconi Club.

Ann is survived by her son Mark and grandson Christopher. She was predeceased by her brothers Anthony, Joseph and Daniel Sansone.

In respecting Ann’s wishes for privacy, the funeral home viewing and cemetery service will be private for her family only. However, the Monacelli and Sansone families appreciates greatly the sympathy felt by so many friends. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Hazel Norberg

Miss Hazel Norberg, 97, passed on Dec. 13.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Cremation was private. A memorial service will be held in the First Lutheran Church, Kearny, at a later date.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com.

Hazel was born in Kearny and was a lifelong resident. She was a friend to so many in her neighborhood and loved by all who knew her.

Miss Norberg was an R.N. at West Hudson Hospital, Kearny, for 40 years where she also served as head of Central Supply before retiring in 1982.

She was the longest active member at the First Lutheran Church.

Although she never married or had children of her own, she was beloved by her nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews. She passed the same way she lived her life, on her own terms and left behind a legacy of love and service to others.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the First Lutheran Church, 65 Oakwood Ave., Kearny, N.J. 07032 would be appreciated.

Gerardo ‘Jerry’ Riposta

Gerardo “Jerry” Riposta died Dec. 17 at home. He was 87.

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

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

Jerry served in the U.S. Navy. He was a county superintendent of the Hudson County Parks Department; prior to that he was with the Hudson County Police and the Park Police. Altogether he was a dedicated employee of the county for 55 years.

He is survived by his beloved wife Nora (nee Marley) his son Anthony Riposta and his daughter Barbara Pearson, along with her husband Jim. Brother of Frank and Salvatore Riposta, he is also survived by his grandchildren Dr. James M. Pearson, Kristopher G. Pearson, Arielle Riposta and Amberly Riposta and his great grandchildren Haley Ann and Brady James.

Alexander Robertson

Alexander Robertson died on Dec. 17 at home. He was 66.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he lived many years in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. His service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Alexander was a retired Kearny firefighter. He was a member of Copestone Ophir Lodge and The Scots Club in Kearny. He was a proud 19- year member of AA.

Husband of the late Louise, he is survived by his son Andrew and his wife Eilin and his daughter Heather. Also surviving is his brother Douglas and his wife Debbie and his grandchildren Isabella, Anthony, Ryan and Ruby.

Donald Ross

Donald Ross, 68, of Youngstown, Ohio, formerly of Greenwich Township, passed away Friday, Dec. 6, at home.

Born June 30, 1945, in Harrison, he was the son of the late Robert and Margaret (Mc- Donald) Ross.

His wife, Gail, passed away Aug. 18, 2011. He was employed by Verona Water Treatment Plant before his retirement three years ago. He served in the Navy for 20 years on multiple ships including the USS America, USS Guadalcanal, USS Lindenwald and the USS John Paul Jones before he retired as a Chief Petty Officer.

He is survived by three sons, Kenneth Shaffer and wife, Teresa, Carl Childs and James Childs; three brothers, Bob, Tom and wife, Sue and Jay and wife, Dabney; three sisters, Barbara Wagner and husband, Bob, Peggy McLynden and husband, Charlie and Cathy Turney; and eight grandchildren. A brother, Barney, passed away earlier.

Funeral services were held previously under the direction of the Doyle-Devlin Funeral Home, Inc. in Phillipsburg. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, Ohio 44512.

Marian G. Weiss

Marian G. Weiss (nee Bauer) died Dec. 16 at Alaris at West Hudson. She was 91.

Born in Newark, she lived in Kearny before moving to Beachwood 27 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by burial in Restland Memorial Park, East Hanover. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Marian was a supervisor at Fireman’s Fund in Parsippany. Wife of the late Willard J., she is survived by her children Geraldine E. Husth, Dolores Woupes, Willard G. (Donna) Weiss, and Peter R. (Patricia) Weiss. Sister of the late Evelyn Bauer, she is also survived by 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Alzheimers Association

Obituaries

Mary Dombrowski

Mary Dombrowski (nee Szymanski), 91, of Harrison and Toms River, entered into eternal rest on Dec. 7 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Kearny, she lived most of her life in Harrison, before retiring to Toms River. Mary was a member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Seniors and Rosary Society and the Holy Cross Seniors.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 65 years, Frank Dombrowski. She was the loving mother of Teresa of Toms River and Walter of Long Beach Island, and his wife Ellen. She was the devoted grandmother of Mark & P.J. and great-grandmother of Jackson and Declan and aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit mulliganfuneralhome. org.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Mary @ www.stjude.org.

Peter J. Forte

Peter J. Forte died Dec. 10 in Wayne. He was 82.

Born in Newark, he lived many years in Kearny before moving to Lincoln Park 20 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., 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.

Peter was a retired chemical operator from Hoffman LaRoche and a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army. He was a member of the V.F.W.

Husband of Eileen “Lynn” (nee Schermond), he is survived by his daughters and their husbands Cynthia and Lennie Greene and Joni and Keith Lewin; he was the brother of Josephine Tracy (late William), Lee Falcone (Frank), Rudy Forte (Joyce) and Anna Forte. Also surviving are his grandchildren Jessica and Nina and many wonderful nieces and nephews and their families.

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

John A. Hopko

John A. Hopko, 77, of the Brookfield Glen section of White Township, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 7, at his home.

Born in Wilkes Barre, Pa., on March 2, 1936, he was the son of the late Anthony and Eudora Lewis Hopko. John was raised and lived in Harrison before moving to White Township in 2004.

John was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Harrison, before retiring. He was a parishioner of St. Patrick Church, Belvidere. He had served on the building and grounds committee at Brookfield Glen. The most important thing in John’s life was his family.

In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Mary Ann Santamassino Hopko; a son-in-law, Mark Turker; and a brother, Anthony Hopko.

Surviving are two sons, John Hopko Jr. of Harrison, and Matthew Hopko and his wife Tara of Oxford; a daughter, Valerie Turker of Belvidere; four grandchildren, Anthony and Maria Turker, Madelyn and Alexandra Hopko; three brothers, Jerome and his wife JoAnn, James, and Donald; a sister, Barbara Polk and her husband John.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Dec. 11 at St. Patrick Church, Belvidere, under the direction of MacFadden Funeral Home, Belvidere.

Online condolences may be sent to www.MacFaddenFuneralHome.com.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to be made to the family, c/o MacFadden Funeral Home, 325 Hardwick Street, Belvidere, N.J. 07823.

Edward Karolasz

Edward Karolasz died Dec. 14 in St. Michael’s Hospital. He was 83.

Born in Gdynia, Poland, he lived in Switzerland before moving to Kearny 55 years ago.

Visiting is on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison, and burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. Edward will be laid to rest next to his son SSG Edward Karolasz, who killed on Nov. 19, 2005 in Iraq.

Ed was a retired machinist from Chase Pharmaceutical in Newark. He was a member of the Polish National Home and was the superintendent for 10 years at the Lithuanian Catholic Community Center.

He is survived by his wife Krystyna, his children and their spouses Donna and David Kornas, Kristine and Paul Lancha and John Jastrzembski. Brother of the late Zofia Maziarka, he is also survived by his grandchildren Brianna, Sofia, Logan and Kenzie.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project.

Norman J. Salvesen

Norman J. Salvesen died at home on Dec. 11. He was 65. Born in Jersey City, he lived in Lyndhurst before moving to Somerset three years ago. Private funeral arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Norman was a self-employed carpenter. He was an active member of the Lyndhurst Masonic Club and the N.J. Police Square Club.

Husband of the late Nathlie, he was the stepfather of Walter, Joseph, Marie and Monica. He was also the brother of Edward Salvesen, Joan Marques and the late John Salvesen.

Alice Stang

Alice Stang died on Dec. 11 in Richmond, Va. She was 84.

Graveside prayers were held in Arlington Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny.

Alice was an accountant for Paul Mellon and Company in New York City before retiring. She had been a member of the First Presbyterian Church in North Arlington.

She was the daughter of Henry and Dorothy (nee Rightmire) Stang. She is survived by her brother William Killorn and his family.

Angela Tano

Angela Tano died on Dec. 14 in Kearny.

Visiting will be on Wednesday, Dec. 18, starting at 9 a.m. in the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Her service will be at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas, Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 80 Laurel Ave., Roseland. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Angela was a cashier at Tops Diner in East Newark for many years. She is the wife of the late Frank J. Tano. She is survived by her daughter Kalistagne “Mary” Welsh and her grandson Frank J.

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

Obituaries

Dorothy Bevan

Dorothy Bevan, (nee Suckiel) of Harrison, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Born in Kearny, she was a lifelong resident of Harrison. Dorothy was a homemaker and was also a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison.

Beloved wife of Lawrence Bevan (married 53 years), she was the loving mother of Janet Bevan, dear sister of Caroline Lozo, Veronica Gralinski and Donald Suckiel and an aunt to many nieces and nephews. S

he was predeceased by her son Ronald Bevan (2008) and her sister Janet Suckiel.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison and her entombment was in Woodbridge Memorial Gardens, Woodbridge. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in care of the funeral home in memory of Dorothy.

Ruth P. Bradow

Ruth P. Bradow (nee Doeg) died Dec. 6 at home. She was 89.

Born in North Bergen, she lived in Jersey City before moving to Kearny in 1985.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held in Grace Church, Kearny, followed by private cremation. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Ruth was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and was a Girl Scout Leader and Sunday School teacher, all in Jersey City. She was also a member of Grace Church in Kearny and The Rutherford Chapter O.E.S.

Wife of the late Edward G., she is survived by her son Edward and his wife Lorri and her daughter Paulette Bradow. Sister of the late Marie, she is survived by her grandchildren Edward, David, Judy, Cate, Elizabeth and Nancy and nine great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Kidney Foundation or Grace Church Memorial Fund.

John J. Carchidi

John J. Carchidi, a lifelong Kearny resident, died on Thanksgiving Day at home. He was 85.

Visitation was held in the Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny (condonfuneralhome.com). The funeral Mass was offered on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. A private cremation followed.

Mr. Carchidi was the owner/ operator of John J. Carchidi General Contractor for 40 years before retiring in 1993. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

John is survived by his wife, Rose (nee Carchidi) and his children Roseanne Stewart and her husband, Craig, John Carchidi and his wife Sharon and Christine McShane and her husband, Daniel. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Christopher, Daniel, Linette, Jacqueline,John, and Alexandra. John also leaves his brother-in-law Vincent Carchidi.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) or St. Stephen’s Church.

Emma Costa

Emma Costa (nee Smedley) died Dec. 2 at Clara Maass Medical Center. She was 79.

Born in Pennsylvania, she lived in Kearny before moving to Tuckerton.

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

Emma was a secretary and registrar for the Town of Kearny and was a secretary at Atlantic City Airport. She had also been a Cub Scout leader in Kearny.

Beloved wife of Edmund Costa, she was the mother of George (Helen), Daniel and Linda Richardson and the late Kevin and Timothy Richardson. She was also the sister of Bill Smedley and grandmother of Joseph, Lauren, George, Maureen, William, Kevin and the late Robert.

In lieu of flowers, please consider American Lung Association.

Elizabeth C. Doeffinger

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Elizabeth C. Doeffinger (nee Metz), 86, of Belleville, passed away on Friday, Dec. 6. Elizabeth (“Betty”) was married for 56 years to the late George Doeffinger Sr.

She lived her life serving her community as a volunteer for organizations and charities that touched many. Betty was involved in scouting and served her beloved veterans though the American Legion Auxiliary Post 70 and the 8 and 40. Her most recent service as a docent of the Turtle Back Zoo fulfilled her devotion to children’s education and animals.

Betty was a loyal wife,mother and friend. Surviving are her five children George Jr., John and Thomas Doeffinger, Lisa O’Malley and Karen Frisch. She leaves her legacy of strength for her community and commitment to her family, to her seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Funeral services were held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 575 Kearny Ave., Kearny. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to Zoological Society of NJ, The Professional Education Fund, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, N.J. 07052.

Joseph ‘Joe’ D. Graham

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Joseph “Joe” Graham, 52, of East Newark, entered into eternal rest on Dec. 7 and has now joined with his mother Joan (nee Jennings) (1995) and his brother James (2012). After a courageous battle with cancer, Joe passed from complications resulting from post 9/11 illness. T

he funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 9:45 a.m. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. from Christ Episcopal Church, Cleveland Ave., Harrison, across the street from the funeral home. His interment will follow in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. Friends may call starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. For information, directions or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Joseph graduated from Kearny High in 1979. He was an ironworker and a member of the Ironworkers Union Local 402, Riviera Beach, Fla. He served as a firefighter with the East Newark Volunteer Fire Department and was a life member of the NJ State Fireman’s Exempt Association. He was a first responder volunteer at ground zero on Sept. 11, 2001.

Joseph was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan. He was also a member of the Union Ironworkers Motorcycle Club.

Joe is survived by his loving wife Daphne, his daughters Danielle and Kelsey, his stepsons Thomas Laver, Matias and Daniel Griffiths, his father, Raymond D. Graham Sr., his siblings and their spouses, Raymond Jr. and his wife Monica, Kathleen Ahearn and her husband James, Thomas and his wife Maura, Linda Carson and her husband Robert and Kenneth and his wife Dawn, his good friend, Ronald Rivas and his wife Marie.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations in Joseph’s memory in care of Mulligan Funeral Home in loving memory of Joe.

Patrick Hesketh

Patrick Hesketh, 82, died on Dec. 2 at Alaris Health at Belgrove in Kearny.

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

Patrick was born in Harrison. He lived in Kearny before returning to Harrison 50 years ago. He was an All State soccer player at St. Cecilia High School.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Hesketh was employed by the Kearny Water Department as a heavy equipment operator for 20 years, retiring in 1993.

He was a member of the Harrison Seniors, the St. Cecilia Seniors and Post No.1302 V.F.W., Kearny.

Surviving are his children Mary Gill and Patrick J. Hesketh II; two brothers, Francis and John Hesketh and one granddaughter Megan Gill. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Robin June Kozik

Robin June Kozik, 58, of Point Pleasant Borough, passed away, Sunday, Dec. 1, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Born and raised in Kearny, she moved to Point Pleasant in 1989.

Robin was a lover of nature, and enjoyed gardening, the ocean and spending time with her animals. She was also an avid NY Giants fan.

She was predeceased by her parents, John Francis and Elizabeth (Brown) Kozik.

Robin is survived by her twin children, Brittany Elizabeth Kozik and Officer Rory Francis Kozik, U.S. Navy; her sister, Elizabeth M. Kozik and her husband Biraja N. Sahu and their son, Rabindra John Kozik Sahu; her twin brother, Robert John Kozik and his wife, Sunita; and their daughter, Jennifer Hughes and her husband William and their son A.J. She is also survived by her sister, Janie F. Kozik. Arrangements were by the Van Hise & Callagan Funeral Home, 812 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant. Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Robin’s name to savebarnegatbay.org,friendsofislandbeach.org/ donate/, theraptortrust.org, bestfriends.org or woundedwarriorproject.org.

Robert ‘Bobby’ Christopher Leister

Bobby Leister, 50, of South Abington Township, Pa., formerly of Harrison, North Arlington and Belmar, died Nov. 2 in Scranton, Pa.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Bobby’s Life Celebration memorial service at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, on Saturday, Dec.14, at noon.

Bobby was born on Jan. 29, 1963, in Kearny. He was the son of Richard and the late Marilyn (Egbert) Leister.

Bobby’s greatest love, and his dedication, was to his family. He is survived by his beloved wife Cathy Jo (Ferrara) and his loving children: Andrew, Julia and Charlie, all at home.

He was the dear brother of Dave, Carol Aquino and her husband Tony, Elaine Frick and her husband Jim, Richie and his wife Patty, and Jimmy and his wife Talin. He is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Sarah Lenahan; brotherin- law Joe Ferrara and his wife Missy; sister-in-law Marilyn Pisani and her husband Ralph, many nieces, nephews, loving relatives and dear friends.

“Gone But Never Forgotten”

Carlota M. Sanchez

Carlota M. Sanchez died on Dec. 1. She was 98.

Born in Ecuador, she lived in Newark before moving to Belleville 25 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Church on Woodside Avenue in Newark.

Carlota is survived by her daughter Antonieta Sanchez, her granddaughter Elizabeth Moyano and her grandchildren Anthony and Alexandra Ramos.

Catherine Scullion

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Catherine Scullion died on Dec. 1 in N.Y.C. She was 67.

Born in Scotland, she lived in Kearny for the past 25 years.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by a private cremation.

Cathy was an office manager for Dr. Holwitt in Glen Ridge. Before that, she worked for Dr. Murphy in North Arlington. She was a member of the St. Andrew’s Honor Society and was an avid Mick Jagger fan.

She was the sister of Susan McKeown, Christine Smith, and the late Barbara Sheridan, Thomas and Harry Scullion and Frances Stroligo. Also surviving are many beloved nieces and nephews and their families.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Humane Society.

Vincent Herman Tornfelt

Vincent Herman Tornfelt, 100, passed away on Dec. 4, in Wilmington, Del.

Mr. Tornfelt was born to Swedish emigrants Oscar and Ingrid Nilsson Tornfelt in 1913, in Kearny.

Vince was senior class president of Kearny High School in 1931, and attended Washington and Lee University.

Unfortunately, his formal education was stopped during the Great Depression. Vince enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served in the South Pacific and returned to the United States on the battleship Iowa. He returned home to Kearny, where he and his brother, Bill, who was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge, restarted the family auto dealership, the Argyle Garage. In 1946, he married Barbara Harris of Paterson. He and his brother ran the three-car showroom business six days a week until they retired in 1978.

Despite the hardships, he became successful, raised a family, made many friends, and stayed active in the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington and the Kearny Optimist Club.

Vince moved to Forwood Manor in Wilmington in 2001. Over the years, when anyone would ask how he was, his response was always positive. “I’m doing the best I can.” On hearing a complaint, he would be quick to quote his Navy drill instructor, “Adjust, this is not home,” and spell out the word “a-d-j-u-s-t”.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Barbara Harris Tornfelt, in 1989. He is survived by his daughter, Ingrid Berlien and husband, David, of Wilmington, Del.; and his son, John Tornfelt and wife, Debbie, of Lancaster, Pa. He was the proud grandfather of Leslie Stewart (TJ) of East Amherst, N.Y.; Stephen Berlien (Andrea) of Morton, Ill.; Eric Tornfelt (Eden) of Charlotte, N.C.; and Sam Berlien (Reina) of Philadelphia, Pa. He was also the great-grandfather of Tucker, Hudson and Grady Berlien, and Hallie Stewart.

The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Forwood Manor. Services will be private.

For online condolences, please visit www.chandlerfuneralhome.com.

Doris VanKirk

Doris VanKirk, 87, died on Dec. 4 at Alaris Health at Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. The funeral service was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 663 Kearny Ave., Kearny, followed by interment in Woodbine Cemetery, Oceanport. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Doris was born in Newark and lived in Kearny since 1971.

She was employed as a bookkeeper for CohnReznick in Roseland for 21 years, retiring in 2000.

Miss VanKirk was a member of Rutherford Chapter No. 24 O.E.S. as well as the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington where she served as treasurer for several years.

She leaves behind many dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to a charity of choice would be preferred.

Obituaries

Elsa Alvarado

Elsa Alvarado died Nov. 24 in Newark. She was 77.

Born in Ecuador, she lived in Newark for 45 years.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service and burial was held at Holy Cross Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Elsa is survived by her children Victor, Luis, Breny and Alex, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Hegliluz Appleton

Hegliluz Appleton, (nee Hernandez), 44, died on Monday, Nov. 25.

Mrs. Appleton was born in Newark, lived most of her life in Kearny and was a resident of Mine Hill for the past 18 years. She was a 1987 Queen of Peace High School graduate.

She worked as an analyst for Fiserv, Morris Plains for 15 years.

She was predeceased by her father, Helibert Hernandez Sr. in 2009. Hegliluz is survived by her beloved husband, Richard Appleton Jr., by her loving children, Richard III, Angelina and Alyssa, by her dear mother, Felicia Hernandez and by her brothers, Helibert Hernandez, Jr., Herbert Hernandez and Helmi Hernandez.

Arrangements were by the Nazare Memorial Home, Inc., 403 Ridge Rd., Lyndhurst. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Mabel E. Borys

Mabel E. Borys (nee Monaghan) died Nov. 27 in Kearny. She was 89.

Born in Jersey City, she lived most of her life in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by a private cremation.

Mabel was a retired Kearny postal worker.

Wife of the late Julius Borys, she is survived by her children Ann Fink, Julie Luty and Alan and Roger Borys. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Alzheimers Research.

Angelina Di Tano

Angelina Di Tano died on Nov. 23 in her home. She was 85.

Lena was born on April 5, 1928 in Harrison. She moved to Kearny at the age of four and resided in the same house since her childhood. She graduated from Kearny High School and retired from Prudential after 38 years of service. She was very active in programs at The Benstead Senior Center. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny.

Lena was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Frances and her sisters Mary and Rosie Di Tano. She is survived by her loving family: Margie and Kenny Jordan, Megan, Mandy and Kenny Jr., all of whom took care of her during her long battle with Alzheimers Disease and who stayed by her side until the end. Her family will cherish all the good memories they have from traveling and spending holidays with Lena. She will be sadly missed by her longtime friend George Dreker. She will also be missed by her friends John and Li and Michael Golad. She was the dear friend of the late Marge McIvers.

Lena was blessed with caring and dedicated caregivers. Special thanks goes to our friend Lucy Castillo, who lovingly cared for Lena for many years and who will be blessed in heaven someday for all the good she has done. Lena also found dedicated caregivers in Ceil, Norma, Jennifer, Luisa and Miguelina. Our family will never forget you.

Ethel Fraser

Ethel Fraser (nee Anderson), 95, of Kearny, died peacefully at home on Nov. 27 and she joined her beloved husband Tom for their first Thanksgiving together in Heaven.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. The funeral service was at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, followed by a private cremation. To leave an online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Ethel was a cashier for many years at RCA in Harrison. She volunteered at West Hudson Hospital and for the PBGC. She was a very active member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Salvation Army Home League.

Beloved wife of the late Thomas H. Fraser, she is survived by her sons Thomas A., and Richard along with his wife Joanne. Sadly, she was predeceased by her daughter Diane.

Also surviving are her grandchildren Danny, Tami, Ryan, Tom, Jennifer, Allison and Lauren and 16 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to The PBGC., Box 79, Kearny, N.J. 07032.

James Fucetola

James Fucetola, 85, of Belleville, died Nov. 29 at St. Michael’s in Newark.

Private arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr. Kearny. To leave an online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Mr. Fucetola was a disabled naval veteran. He fought in the Korean Conflict and is a member of the Fleet Reserve Association.

Brother of Genevieve Cugini, Joseph Fucetola and the late Minnie De Trolio, he is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Wounded Warriors Project.

Patricia Gocklin

Patricia Gocklin died Nov. 26 in Clara Maass Hospital. She was 68.

Born in Newark she lived many years in Kearny. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Stephens Church, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Pat was a head counter at The Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford. She was very active with local and Hudson County P.T.A. and the Elks in Harrison/East Newark.

Wife of the late Frank and daughter of the late Irene and John Murphy, she is survived by her children Linda Lau and Frank, Brian and Mark Gocklin. She was the sister of Dolores Heim, Margaret Vance, Bill Murphy, Dennis Murphy, Mary Bonanno and the late Rev. Jack Murphy. She is also survived by eight grandchildren. She was predeceased by her grandson Drew.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider a donation to The Wounded Warriors Project.

Encarnacion Lorenzo

Encarnacion Lorenzo, (nee. Gomez) of Harrison, entered eternal rest on Friday, Nov. 29. She was 82.

Born in Seville, Spain, she was raised and lived in Galicia, Spain before immigrating to the U.S. in 1976. She was a seamstress with Fashion of the BO’s in Newark for many years before retiring.

Beloved wife of Jose Lorenzo (married 53 years), she was the loving mother of Jose Manuel (Liana), Severino (Sonia), Antonio (Maria Dolores) and Maria Vella (John); cherished grandmother of, Manuel, Francisco, Ana, Veronica and Antonio; loving sister of Manuel, Jose and Santiago; and aunt to many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Encarnacion, and by her sister Maruja.

Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Michael J. Stanziola

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Michael J. Stanziola, (Hansen), of Harrison, formerly of Jersey City, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, Nov. 28. He was 46.

Born in Jersey City, he lived there most of his life, moving to Harrison three years ago.

Michael worked at Shop Rite in Kearny and was a Little League coach for the Washington Park Men’s Club, in which his team won three championships. He was a diehard Dallas Cowboy and Yankee fan, and loved playing bingo, horse racing at Meadowlands Park, and volunteering at Holy Cross Church, Harrison.

Michael is survived by his mother, Elizabeth (Davin) Miele and her husband John Miele, his children; Aaron, Inamarie and Daniel Dempsey; his brothers and sisters Elizabeth Munoz, Maureen Malinowski, Kathleen Severino, Bryan Hansen, Dana Hansen, Thomas Kalisak, and Aaron Kalisak; and his granddaughter Nataliz Torres. Michael is also survived by his former companion Mary Dempsey, one uncle and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, directions or to send condolences please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael’s memory can be made to the family c/o Mulligan Funeral Home.

Jorge A. Suri

Jorge A. Suri died Nov. 27 at home. He was 88.

Born in Camaguey, Cuba he lived in Newark before moving to Kearny 43 years ago.

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

Mr. Suri was a retired longshoreman and was a member of ILA Local 1125

Jorge is survived by his wife Lidia (nee Alvarez), his daughter Ileana Poglodek and her husband Anthony, his son Edward and his wife Maria, his sons Jorge and Angel and their children. Brother of Marta, Arnoldo, Maria Luisa and Olga, he is also survived by his grandchildren Christian, Edward and Jacqueline.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider a donation to www.giveto.psu.edu/thon-alphaepsilondelta.