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Obituaries

Bret Allan Shugrue 

Bret Allan Shugrue, 54, of Honesdale, Pa., formerly of Kearny and Florida, died unexpectedly June 21 at his home. Born Sept. 15, 1959, in Newark, Bret was the son of the late William and Florence Marie Beck Shugrue. A hard worker, Bret held many jobs over the years. While living in Florida, he was a foreman at a Walmart warehouse. He enjoyed motorcycles and riding his motorcycle. Bret also enjoyed boxing and watching it on television.

Surviving are his sons Bret Shugrue of Denver, Col., and Brad Shugrue of North Arlington; his brother Willliam Shugrue Jr. and girlfriend Barbara of Kearny; his aunt Genevieve Hyl of Spotswood; nieces and nephews Laura Kirst of Manalapan, William R. Shugrue of Beckett, Mass., Christa Toro of Sherman Oaks, Calif., Kelly Richie of Maple Shade and Bryan Shugrue of Kearny.

Private cremation services were held at the convenience of his family. Arrangements were by Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., Honesdale, Pa.

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Emmett H. Ball 

Emmett H. Ball died June 17 at Clara Maass Medical Center. He was 85.

Born in Greenwood Lake, N.Y., he lived most of his life in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home followed by burial in Rosedale Cemetery, Linden. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Emmett served in the U.S. Army’s 47th Viking Infantry Division. He then married Mary A. Westmoreland. He worked as a distribution manager at Otis Elevator in Harrison and then worked for Benedict Miller in Lyndhurst. After retirement, he went on to help his daughter Sharon at Lee’s Florist in Kearny.

He is survived by his wife Mary, his daughters Sharon and her husband Jim Carey and Donna Ball. Brother of the late Kearny Fire Capt. Robert Ball, he is also survived by his grandchildren Paul, Jessica and Artie.

If you care to make a memorial contribution, please consider The Kidney Fund.

June Clara Clarke 

June Clara Clarke passed away peacefully on June 16. She was 78.

She was a lifelong Newark resident.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. June’s ashes will be buried in the family plot at Liberty Corner Presbyterian Cemetery, Liberty Corner. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

June was a retired inspector for J. Weiss and Son.

Daughter of the late Clifford and Leona, she is survived by her twin sister Dottie Clarke, her nephew John and his wife Midge along with many great nieces and nephews. June was predeceased by her brother Clifford.

Rafael Egoavil

Rafael Egoavil, 71, passed away on Tuesday, June 17.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral service was held at the funeral home on Saturday. Cremation was private.

Born in Lima, Peru, Rafael lived in Newark for 25 years before moving to Belleville 15 years ago. He worked for Ford Motor Co., Edison, as an assembly line worker for 30 years retiring in 2002. He was a member of the UAW Local 980, Edison. Rafael served in the Peruvian Army as a paratrooper in peacetime before coming to the US.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years Juanita (Conzo), his children Chris and his wife Heather (Mulhearn) and Rafael ‘Tony’ Egoavil, and his grandchildren Ashley, Ryan, Connor and Olivia Egoavil. He is also the oldest brother of Fausto Egoavil and seven other brothers and a sister. He was predeceased by his daughter Marisol in 1983.

Joseph Albert French 

Joseph A. “Skeetz” French 81, died on June 18 in the Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

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

Mr. French was born in Newark and was raised in Kearny. He has lived in North Arlington since 1965.

“Skeetz” was a sheet metal mechanic for many years, retiring in 1994. He was employed by Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 25 in Carlstadt, and was a member for over 50 years.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Queen of Peace Council 3428 in North Arlington.

Joseph is survived by his wife Kathleen (Ricciardi) and his daughter Colleen Cappuccino; siblings Joan O’Connell, Shirley Landati, Barbara Gallagher and John Joll Jr.; four grandchildren Brianna, Kaitlyn, Sammy and Cassandra. He also leaves behind his son-in-law Telly Servitis.

He was predeceased by his son-in law Sammy Cappuccino and most recently by his daughter Kathleen M. Servitis suddenly on May 5, 2014.

Raymond ‘Butch’ Henry, Sr. 

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Raymond “Butch” Henry Sr., of East Newark, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, June 21. He was 76.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Thursday, June 26, at 9:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony Church, East Newark at 10 a.m., followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Friends may call on Wednesday, June 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday starting at 8:45 a.m. For information or directions, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Born in East Newark, Raymond was a lifelong resident. He worked for the East Newark Police Department for 25 years, retiring as a captain in 1993.

Raymond was a proud member of the Policeman’s Benevolent Association.

Raymond is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Lynne Ann (nee Mackenzie.) He was the devoted father of Glenn and his wife Diane of Rockaway, the dear brother of Gloria Jean Lombardo (Joe), Mary Ann Bower, and William Henry. He was a cherished grandfather of Glenn Jr. and Stephanie. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Robert Mackenzie (Mary Lou) and sister-in-law Lois Walsh (David) in addition to many nieces and nephews. Raymond was predeceased by his son, Raymond Jr. in 2008 as well as his siblings Elvin, Richard, John and Hazel.

Dr. Jack Grundfest 

Dr. Jack Grundfest, of Kearny and Belleville, passed away on June 18 after a long illness.

He was born in Kearny on April 7, 1917, the youngest of five children. His parents, Aaron and Gertrude Grundfest, came to the U.S. from Minsk in 1913. He was a graduate of Kearny High School, obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from N.Y.U., and earned his M.D. degree in 1943 from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine.

He married Karolyn Scott, a classical musician from Little Rock, right after graduation. He then interned at the U.S. Marine Hospital in Staten Island. Subsequently, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps on Saipan and became deputy surgeon of the Western Pacific Base Command. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the American Theatre Campaign Medal, and the Victory Medal.

After the war he took further training at Indianapolis City Hospital and at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was medical director at the former West Hudson Hospital and served as chief of surgery in three hospitals: West Hudson Hospital in Kearny, Clara Maass Hospital in Belleville, and St. James Hospital in Newark and held the position of assistant clinical professor of surgery at N.J. College of Medicine.

Dr. Grundfest was active in many community activities including the Men’s Clubs of Congregation Ahavath Achim and Congregation Ner Tamid. He was a commander of Amvets Post 43 and surgeon general of Amvets for the State of N.J. He was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club and served as a president of the Belleville chapter. He sponsored the Belleville Rotary Merit Awards for Scholastic Achievement at Belleville High School. He was a trustee of the Essex County United Fund, was a staunch supporter of the New Jersey Symphony, and contributed to many other charitable organizations including the Belleville Foundation.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Karolyn; his daughter, Dr. Sharon Grundfest-Broniatowski of Cleveland, Ohio; his son Dr. Warren Grundfest of Los Angeles, Calif.; grandsons Daniel Broniatowski, D.M.A., of Boston, Mass. and David Broniatowski, Ph.D., of Baltimore, Md.; and great-grandson, Noah Broniatowski. He was pre-deceased by his brothers, Harry Grundfest, Ph.D., of New York and Woods Hole, Mass., Dr. Philip Grundfest of West Orange and Isaac Grundfest who died in childhood; and a sister, Rose Grundfest Schneider, Ph.D., of Galveston, Texas.

Services were held at the Jewish Memorial Chapel, Clifton, June 22. Contributions can be made to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Belleville Public Library, or Temple Ner Tamid. For more information, visit www.jewishmemorialchapel.org.

Nicole Malato 

Nicole Malato (nee Briamonte), of Toms River, passed away on June 18 at the CareOne at Wall in Wall Township. She was 37. A loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend, Nicole always put others’ needs and wants ahead of her own. A three-year breast cancer survivor, she used her time and talents to help others fighting the same battle. She created two blogs, “all these things plus one” and “Stained Glass;” published articles in “Reader’s Digest” and “Coping” magazine; and wrote and self-published a book, “When Life Hands You PINK Lemons: Making the Best of Early Stage Breast Cancer,” about her experience so that other women could benefit from what she learned during her journey. She also was an ardent supporter of the Cancer Support Community in Eatontown, raising money and serving as a featured speaker at events.

Nicole was a woman of great faith, who was involved in her church community. She helped co-found the youth group at Queen of Peace Parish in North Arlington. She also traveled to Lourdes, France, on a pilgrimage with the Order of Malta in 2013.

Among her favorite things in life were her family and friends, cruises, road trips, walks on the beach, afternoons on her boat, all things Disney, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, country music, the Muppets and Golden Girls marathons on TV.

Professionally, Nicole spent 15 years as a human resources professional for a number of companies, including Groundwater and Environmental Services (GES), Schering-Plough, Lockheed Martin IMS, and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ. Most recently, she had been promoted to senior human resources manager at GES. She held an M.B.A. in human resources management from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational psychology from the College of New Jersey.

Visiting for Nicole was from the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery, both in North Arlington.

Nicole is survived by her husband, Steve; her son, Steven; her mother and father, Jane and Frank Briamonte Jr.; her brother and sister-in-law Frank and Erika Briamonte and their three sons; her brother and sister-in-law Chris and Eileen Briamonte and their two daughters; her brother and sister-in-law Rick and Courtney Briamonte and their son; and her mother-in-law Anna Malato.

Helen P. Park 

Helen P. Park died June 18. She was 84.

Born in Kearny, she also lived in Florida and then Newton.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. Her ashes will be interred in the family plot at Arlington Cemetery. Condolences may be posted at www.armitagewiggins.com.

Helen is survived by her children John, Jimmy, Janice, Dave and Barbara Sullivan and Walt and George Rheinheimer. Sister of the late William, John and James Park, she is also survived by many grand and great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

A Memorial Tribute: Local musician Jeff Humphrey dies way too young at age 43

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Kearny native loved sharing music with others

By Kevin Canessa Jr.
Observer Correspondent

Jeff Humphrey loved music. He loved it so much that all he ever wanted to do was share his love for music with everyone he knew.

Humphrey, a longtime Kearny resident, died Monday, June 9, in a crash along the New Jersey Turnpike in Carlstadt.

He was only 43.

Humphrey had an incredible love for rock ‘n’ roll at a very young age. When we first met in 1985, there were countless times when I’d come to his house to visit my friend and his brother, current Kearny Library Director Josh Humphrey, when he tried, unsuccessfully, to get me to listen to Led Zeppelin. Read more »

Obituaries

Diane Alvarez 

Diane Alvarez of Kearny died suddenly at home on June 7.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com. Kindly consider a donation to the family to assist with expenses.

Diane was a teacher’s assistant at Kids Academy in Harrison.

Daughter of Oscar and Silvia Alvarez, she is also survived by her children Jessye, Natasha, Jovan and Tatiyana Echevarria, her brother Oscar Alvarez Jr. and six grandchildren.

Alberta C. Bryceland 

Alberta C. Bryceland, 98, Wall, died peacefully at home on Saturday, June 7.

Alberta (Bert) was born and raised in Kearny. She was a graduate of Kearny High School.

After marriage, Bert and her husband Maurice lived many contented years in Denville. Bert was a devoted wife, a dedicated homemaker, and enjoyed spoiling the couple’s Labrador retrievers.

Following the death of her husband, Bert moved to Wall Township in 1986. She often walked the boardwalk, became a member of the Sierra Club, and was a generous contributor to a variety of charities. A particular joy was frequently dining with family and friends.

Bert was kind, funny, laughed easily, welcoming to everyone, and a loyal friend. Bert was predeceased by her beloved husband Maurice, parents Charles and Mamie Salzmann and her dear brother Walter C. Salzmann.

She is survived by her niece, Jane Harris, Wall, and her children and spouses: Kevin and Gina Harris, Laura and Darin Bedle, and Brian and Jennifer Harris; nephew and wife William and Ann Salzmann, Champlain, Ill., and their children, Elizabeth Salzmann, Katharine Salzmann and Peter Salzmann; nephew and wife Walter and Susan Salzmann of Wall and their son and spouse, James and Dehn Salzmann; and also great-great nephews and nieces, Jessica, Charles, Ryan, and Nicole. Bert will be missed by special friends the Kingman family, Mary Doyle and her grandson Christopher Doyle.

A private graveside service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bert’s name to the Associated Humane Society, 2960 Shafto Road, Tinton Falls, N.J. 07753 or the Monmouth County SPCA, 260 Wall St., Eatontown, N.J. 07724.

For further information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com.

Michael Adam Cicchino 

Michael Adam Cicchino, 56, died Saturday, June 7.

A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Arrangements were by Condon Memorial Home, 210 Davis Ave., Harrison.

Michael was a diehard sports fan and a big animal lover. He was the marshal for over five years in the New York City Bike Tour as well as a past member of the Harrison Lions Club. He was a partner at Vi’s Florist for over 30 years. Son of the late Anthony Cicchino and brother to the late Diane McEntee, he is survived by his loving mother, Regina Cicchino; his four siblings, Anthony (Maria), Marianne (Roy), Carol (Joe), and Richard (Robin); and his 10 beautiful nieces and nephews, along with his cat.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests all donations be made to ASPCA In Memory of Michael Cicchino, 520 8th Ave., 7th floor, New York, N.Y. 10018 or call 1-800-628-0028.

Jeff M. Humphrey

Jeff M. Humphrey died on June 9. He was 43.

Born in Belleville, he was a lifelong Kearny resident.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The cremation was private. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

In lieu of flowers, kindly honor Jeff’s love of music and consider a donation to www.hungryformusic.org. This group provides instruments to children whose families cannot otherwise afford to purchase.

Jeff earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees at New Jersey City University. He had been a professor at Touro College in New York and was currently a medical technology instructor at Montefiore Medical Center, New York. Jeff, a very talented musician, could play many instruments and formed The Jeff Humphrey Trio. Sadly, he died in an accident coming home from work Monday evening.

He is survived by his former wife Kathy (nee Keelty), his beloved daughters Madeline and Leah, his loving parents William and Linda Humphrey, his brother Josh and his wife Jennifer and their daughters Cate and Anna.

Allan Kerr

Allan Kerr died June 1. He was 66.

Born in Kearny, he was a lifelong resident.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Allan served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He had been a partner with Dave Moran in an automotive tow company. He also owned Al’s Gulf in Freehold. His main occupation, however, was that of building manager and supervisor at the Madison Medical Building in New York. He was a member of Copestone-Ophir, F.&A.M. #108 in Kearny.

Husband of Susana (nee Ottermann), he is survived by her son Yubilan and his fiancé Linda. Brother of the late Marjorie, he is also survived by his brother-in-law Cliff Yaschur and his beloved niece and nephew Carolyn (Brian), and their son Andrew and Jefferey (Elva), and their daughters Marjorie and Marilyn.

Claire A. Kerr 

Claire A. Kerr, 95, of Ocean Grove, passed away on Friday, June 6, at Francis Asbury Manor, Ocean Grove.

Born in Paterson, Claire lived in Kearny until 1976, when she moved to the Covered Bridge section of Manalapan, where she lived for 36 years before moving to Ocean Grove in 2012.

She was an office administrator for Certified Credit in Newark before retiring.

Claire was a past member of the United Methodist Church, Kearny.

She was predeceased by her husband Roderick in 1983 and her daughter Donna Adamoli in 2009. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law James and Kathleen Kerr of Wayne; her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Paul Urban of Columbus; seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation and funeral service were held at the Freeman Manalapan-Marlboro Funeral Home, Manalapan. Interment followed at Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. To share a memory, offer a condolence, or find directions, please visit freemanfuneralhomes.com.

Rozalia Pawlica 

Rozalia Pawlica, 94, of Lyndhurst, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 11.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, on Monday, June 16. Her interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome. org.

Born in Poland, she lived in Kearny for most of her life before moving to Lyndhurst recently.

She is survived by her loving children Chester Pawlica and his wife Patricia and Lee Fischbach and her husband Heiki, cherished grandchildren Richard and Joseph and great-grandchildren Kathryn and Andrew.

Helen Weidele 

Helen Weidele of Kearny passed away on June 6 at ManorCare, New Providence.

Arrangements were by the McCracken Funeral Home, 1500 Morris Ave., Union. A funeral Mass was offered on June 11 at St. Michael’s Church, Lyndhurst, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Helen was born in Harrison and lived in Kearny for 65 years. She was one of seven children of Theodore and Katherine Piskowski.

She was a graduate of Harrison High School and owner of Kent School of Dance, Montclair, and Bunnie’s Beauty Salon, Kearny. She also worked as an executive secretary for the IUE for 30 years.

Helen enjoyed traveling and, most of all, Atlantic City. She was a member of St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, and St. Michael’s Church, Lyndhurst.

She was the beloved wife of 37 years to the late William Weidele, loving companion of the late Thomas Reilly, dear sister of Josephine Balsamo of Virginia, Irene Rossmell of Florida and the late Jean O’Neal, Stanley Piskowski, Frank Piskowski and Chester Piskowski. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen’s name to the Raise Your Glass Foundation, P.O. Box 4516, Warren, N.J. 07059.

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Rodolfo A. Gomez 

Rodolfo A. Gomez, 68, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, June 2.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison on Monday, June 9, followed by a private cremation.

Born in Granada, Nicaragua, Rodolfo lived in Harrison the last 35 years. He worked as a machinist for E.P. Heller, Madison and also for Tungston Alloy, Harrison. He was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church, Harrison. In his free time, he enjoyed crabbing at Sandy Hook and spending time with his family.

Predeceased by his mother Leopoldina Gomez (2004), he is survived by his loving children Michele, Rodolfo “Rudy” and his fiancé Allissa and Christine Gomez and her husband Rodney McMillian, cherished grandchildren Jazmine, Eric, Alexa, Deinicia, Cassandra, Noah, Kassidi and Everly and many dear brothers and sisters. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and close friends.

For those desiring, the family requests donations to: American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, Va. 22312 in loving memory of Rodolfo.

Michael R. Zahorchak 

Michael R. Zahorchak, 69, died on Thursday, June 5.

Mr. Zahorchak was born in and was a lifelong resident of Kearny. He is survived by his sisters, Barbara Udis, Ann Rich and her husband Gary, Patricia Flora and her husband Thomas and by his loving nieces and nephews.

The funeral Mass was held on Monday, June 9, at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Entombment was in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. Arrangements were by Nazare Memorial Home, Inc., Lyndhurst. For more information, visit www.nazarefuneralhome.com.

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Joao Almeida 

Joao “John” Almeida died May 16 at home. He was 47. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Church in Newark. Burial was in Arlington Cemetery in Kearny.

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Lawrence J. Fallon 

Lawrence (Larry) J. Fallon, entered into eternal rest on May 8 at University Hospital. He was 75.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home. A funeral Liturgy will be held on Saturday, May 31, at 10 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 100 Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. North, Harrison.

Larry was a past trustee of the Elks where he volunteered countless hours in the kitchen for every charitable event. His dedication to the handicapped children of Elks Camp Moore and the numerous school charities will be greatly missed.

Larry is survived by his sister Jacqueline McCoy and his brother Brian Fallon.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Mercy Fallon, a sister Jane Bruzzi and a brother Charles (Todd) Fallon. Donations may be made to the Harrison East Newark Elks Lodge #2326, 406-408 Harrison Ave., Harrison, N.J. 07029 in memory of Larry.

Frank J. Kurzawa 

Frank J. “Hot Dogs” Kurzawa, 97, of Harrison, passed away on May 10. Frank worked in maintenance for the Harrison Housing Authority and was employed by Harrison Taxi Cab Company. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army from 1941 to 1945.

Frank was predeceased by his wife, Cecelia Kurzawa, and a son, Frank D. Kurzawa. He is survived by his daughter, Cecelia Alfano and grandchildren: Karen Painter, Michael Alfano, Bruce Alfano, Patricia Alfano, and several nieces and nephews.

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

The family would appreciate donations in Frank’s name to the Disabled American Veterans, 20 Washington Place, Newark, N.J. 07102.

Jerry B. Leahy 

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Jerry B. “Skeeter” Leahy, 78, died on Monday, May 12, at his home in Kearny while surrounded by his loving family.

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

Mr. Leahy was born in Jersey City, and was a lifelong resident of Kearny.

“Skeeter” owned and operated the Thistle Restaurant, Kearny, for 40 years, retiring 12 years ago. In 2010 his children moved the restaurant to its current location on Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst.

He was a proud member of Forest Hills Field Club where he loved playing golf. Jerry was also a member of the Irish American Club and the Scots- American Athletic Club.

On many occasions “Skeeter” would host Celtic Football Clubs. In the town of Kearny, he could always be counted on to sponsor many youth and recreation sports teams. He will always be remembered for his generosity.

Jerry is survived by his beloved wife Julia (nee Mc- Curley); his adoring children, Jane Souza (Chris), Susan Jutkiewicz, Anne McCaffrey (John) and William Leahy (Kimberly). He was predeceased by his son-in-law Daniel Jutkiewicz on Feb. 20.

“Skeeter” will be deeply missed by his grandchildren Christopher, Allyson, Jessica, Justin, Paige, Julia, Keara, Brooke and Johnny.

He also leaves behind his siblings Barbara Bingham, Margaret Carson, Jacqueline Giguere and Dennis Leahy as well as his brother-in-law Donald McCurley and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was predeceased by his brothers James and Edward Leahy and his sister Patricia Pegram.

Mr. Leahy was the patriarch of his family and will be dearly missed by everyone.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the food pantry at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington.

Robert (Roy) McClymont 

Robert (Roy) McClymont, 72, passed away peacefully on May 6 at the Accord Hospice, Paisley, Scotland.

Born in Paisley, Roy served in the Royal Navy then moved to the United States in 1972, where he was a member of the Scots American and Ulster Clubs and the Copestone Masonic Lodge.

Roy had many friends in the Kearny area. In 1974, Roy returned to Paisley, where he met his wife Carol and settled there.

Roy leaves behind his loving wife Carol; brother Edward, niece Kerry and stepdaughter Lorraine (Brian) and grandson Scott. He will be dearly missed by all. Roy was predeceased by his father Robert and mother Catherine Wiggins McClymont.

John V. Starkus 

John V. Starkus, 84, died peacefully at home on May 13.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by interment in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.

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

Mr. Starkus was born in Kearny and was a lifelong resident. He was a computer programmer for Prudential in Newark for 25 years, retiring 20 years ago.

John leaves behind his companion Dominick Lofaro.

Ann M. Swankie 

Ann M. Swankie (nee Maffey) passed away suddenly but very peacefully at home on May 11. She was 85.

Born in Harrison, she was a lifelong resident.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison, followed by a private cremation. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Ann and her beloved husband Dick spent a beautiful Mother’s Day afternoon at their daughter Michele’s home. After returning home, she quietly closed her eyes and entered into eternal rest. Ann always had a smile and loved her monthly trips to Atlantic City. She enjoyed Holy Cross Church and was a member of the Rosary Society, the Crafts Club and the Seniors. She had many wonderful friends.

She is survived by her husband Richard Swankie, her daughter and son-in-law Michele and Matthew Brennan and two beautiful granddaughters Danielle and Katie Rose.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Holy Cross Church in Harrison

Obituaries

Jaime Arevalo

Jaime Arevalo died suddenly at home on May 6. He was 89.

Born in Argentina, he lived in Newark and the past 42 years in Kearny. 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.

Jaime was the beloved husband of Carmen (nee Camino). He is also survived by his loving daughter and her husband Carmen and Charles Leone, his sister Josefina Arevelo and his granddaughters Diana and Cristina.

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

Maryann Carr 

Maryann Carr (nee Sunbury) entered into eternal rest on Saturday, May 10.

Born in Newark, she was a lifelong resident of Harrison. Maryann worked for the Newark Policeman’s Federal Credit Union for many years.

Predeceased by her husband, Harry (1990), Mayryann is survived by her sons Bryan (Michelle), Joseph and Steven; a stepdaughter Debbie Raychok; grandchildren Bryan, Danica, Steven, Alexa, Dante, Casey and Riley; and sisters, Virginia De John and Patricia Morella. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her sisters, Dorothy Ackerson and Margaret Farrell.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Thursday, May 15, at 9:30 am. A funeral Mass will follow at Holy Cross Church, Harrison, at 10 am. Friends may call on Wednesday, May 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. Her interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information or directions, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Timothy P. Eager 

Timothy P. Eager passed away suddenly at home on May 4. He was 53.

Born in Kearny, he was a lifelong resident.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The cremation was private. To leave online condolences, please visit www. armitagewiggins.com.

Tim owned and operated Eager Freight in Kearny.

Son of the late George and Betty Eager, he is survived by his wife Maryann (nee Gavwrachinsky), his son Mark and his sister and brother Nancy and Tommy Eager.

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

Paul Michael Eltringham 

Paul Michael Eltringham died on May 2 at Clara Maass Medical Center. He was 57.

Born in Newark, he lived most of his life in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held Wednesday, May 7, at St. Stephen’s Church. Private cremation followed the Mass. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Paul had been a store manager at Thinka Dinka in Westfield.

Formerly married to Karen (Hendelman), he is also survived by his son Scott and his brothers Stephen and David Eltringham.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Kearny Little League.

John T. Liberta 

John T. Liberta (“JT”) died on May 3 in Hackensack Medical Center. He was 28.

Born in Newark, he lived most of his life in Kearny.

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.

JT had been a computer technician in NYC at Alcatel. He was a member of the Polish Club and Elks. When he was young, both he and his sister were altar servers at St. Stephen’s Church.

He is survived by his parents John A. and Maureen (Hughes) Liberta, his sisters Elizabeth and Samantha and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Also surviving are his great pals Jessie, Monk and Phil as well as many other friends.

Dolores E. Lord 

Dolores E. Lord passed away on May 5. She was 88.

Born in Carbondale, Pa., she lived in North Arlington and Wall Township.

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

Dolores was the wife of the late William Lord and mother of David and the late Nancy Lord. Sister of Alfreda Sherman, she is also survived by her grandchildren Melissa, Kelly and David along with five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Monica Borosky Memorial, c/o 312 Dundoff St., Carbondale, Pa. 18407.

Emily Rinaldi

Emily Rinaldi (nee Saporito), 97, died on Sunday, May 4.

Mrs. Rinaldi was born in Batavia, N.Y., raised in Kearny and was a resident of Lyndhurst for over 20 years. She was an inspector for Wilkata Paper Box Co., Kearny, for 16 years, retiring in 1964.

Emily was predeceased by her beloved husband Anthony J. Rinaldi in 2004. She is survived by her loving children Janice Rinaldi, Ronald Rinaldi and Ginamarie Lugo and her grandchildren Amanda Rinaldi and Joseph Lugo and by her sister Josephine Rinaldi.

A funeral Mass was held on Saturday, May 10, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Lyndhurst, followed by a private cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Bristol Manor Nursing Home, Rochelle Park.

Kathleen Servitis 

Kathleen M. Servitis (nee French), 46, died suddenly on May 5.

The funeral will be from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www. thiele-reid.com.

Kathi was born in Belleville and was a lifelong resident of North Arlington.

She was employed as a shipping manager for King Maker Marketing, Inc., in Paramus for the last 12 years. She was an active volunteer for the George Washington Elementary School P.T.O. as well as a former police dispatcher, both in North Arlington.

Kathleen is survived by her husband Pantelis “Telly” Servitis; her beloved daughter Cassandra “Cassie” Servitis; and parents Joseph and Kathleen (nee Ricciardi) French. Kathi will be deeply missed by her sister Colleen Cappuccino and her children Brianna, Kaitlyn and Sammy Cappuccino. She also leaves behind Mocha, her German and Australian Sheppard mix.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the family in her memory would be appreciated.

Robert A. Watson 

Robert A. Watson, of Kearny, died May 2 at the Whiting Health Care Center. He was 97.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by burial in Crest Haven Memorial Park, Clifton.

Bob was a manager at Wallace and Tiernan in Belleville where he worked from 1935 until retiring in 1982. He was very admired and respected by all his colleagues. Bob and his late wife Helen (McGlynn) loved their cottage at Lake Hopatcong, boating and spending time entertaining family and friends. Lake Hopatcong was a special place for Bob and Helen.

Bob is survived by loving nieces and nephews Roberta Lone, Tony Vidal, Gloria Wolf, Sandy Gilmour, Betty Hylands, Jerry Watson, Bill Watson, Wendy Comey and the late Judy Frenya, along with their families.

Obituaries

Stanley B. Bowell 

Stanley B. Bowell died May 1 at Alaris Health Care in Kearny. He was 75.

Born in Carbondale, Pa., he lived in Cedar Grove and the past two years in Kearny. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.

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

To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Stanley was the husband of the late Martha (McCabe) and the late Evelyn (Windler). Father of Colleen Vieira (Dominick), he was the brother of Helen Swan, Mary Getzie, Robert Bowell and the late William Bowell and Lyda Ehler. Also surviving are his grandchildren Christine and Patrick.

Evelyn Rose D’Amore 

Evelyn Rose D’Amore passed away at home on May 2. She was 78.

Born in Austin Heights, Pa., she lived most of her life in Kearny.

Visiting will be on Thursday, May 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be on Friday, May 9, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, and view a more personal obituary, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Evelyn is survived by her husband Dominick, her son Glenn and his wife Mary Susan and her daughter Dianne and her husband Philip. Sister of Carol Lavery, Vincent Augustitus and the late Elaine Mougel. She is also survived by her grandchildren Kyle and Caroline.

James Fraser 

James Fraser passed away peacefully at home on May 1. He was 93.

Born in West Hartleypool, England, he lived most of his life in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A service was held at the funeral home, followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Jim served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and bravely fought on Iwo Jima during his time in the South Pacific. He founded and owned Arlington Scale Company in Kearny. He was a member of the Benstead Senior Center and loved to golf and play tennis. Among his favorite days out were his trips to Atlantic City with his brother Tom. He was a very loving family man.

Devoted husband of Eleanor (nee Lardier), he was the cherished father of Michele Syme (George), Patricia McMahon (William) and Nanette Wagner (Donald) and brother of Louise Eckert and the late Robert, William, Thomas, Albert and Herbert Fraser, Frances Bjorkner and Sally Lygate. He was also predeceased by his cousin Herbert Glendenning.

Also surviving are his loving grandchildren Heather, Bethany, Robert, Devin, Hayley and Michele along with his great-grandchildren Emily, Katherine and Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Kearny Emergency Squad or The American Heart Association.

Donald Galioto 

Donald Galioto, of Kearny, 65, passed away May 3 at Clara Maass. Private arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins. com

Don had been an auto mechanic for many years. He leaves behind his mother May, his wife Christine and son Donald. Brother of Gerard Galioto and Lucille Palmiery, he is also survived by one grandchild, Gaige.

Michael F. Killian 

Michael “Mickey” F. Killian, of Harrison, formerly of Kearny, died peacefully at home on April 29. He was 79.

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

Mickey was a fun loving family man who will be truly missed. Beloved husband of Patricia (nee Malley), he was the father of Deirdre Pires (Adelino), Sheila Sheehy (Martin) and Mary Doris Daley (the late Donald). Brother of Mary Jane Mackaravitz and Jule Gimbel, he is also survived by eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, please consider Compassionate Care Hospice, 66 Mt. Prospect Ave., Clifton.

Jose Enrique Lopez 

Jose Enrique Lopez died May 2 at home. He was 72.

Born in Puerto Rico, he lived in Belleville.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Jose is survived by his wife Monserrate, his daughters Beatriz Sanfilippo and Maribel Pacheco, many brothers and sisters and his grandchildren Talisa, Isabel, Adrianna, Gabriella and Gianina.

Giovanna Marx 

Giovanna “Jean” Marx died on May 1. She was 85.

Born in Newark, she lived many years in Kearny.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, May 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, May 7, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www. armitagewiggins.com.

Jean was the wife of the late William and is survived by her children Deborah Kurasz, Donna Dombkowski and William F. Marx, two sisters Marie and Millie, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Georgianna Miles 

Ms. Georgianna Miles, 94, of Kinnelon, passed away on April 27. “Georgie” lived with her daughter Mary and granddaughter Rachael Morrell in Charlotte, N.C., at the time of her passing.

Georgie was born on May 17, 1919, in Browndale, Pa. She lived more than 50 years in Kearny, and spent the last years of her life in Charlotte, N.C.

Georgie loved politics, watching golf and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Georgie is survived by three children, Mary Dermody of Charlotte, Georgianna Hook of Kinnelon and Patrick Dermody of Cranford. Georgie is also survived by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held on Saturday, May 3, at McEwen’s Funeral Service, Charlotte, N.C. Funeral services followed at 12:30 p.m. in the McEwen Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be left at www.McEwenPinevilleChapel.com.

Theresa Sadowski 

Theresa Sadowski (nee Kurynkiewicz) died at home on April 29. She was 84.

Born in Newark, she lived in Kearny before moving to Manahawkin two 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. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Theresa worked at Hudson Lamp and the RCA. She loved flowers and caring for her garden and plants. She loved to polka dance.

Wife of the late Norbert, she is survived by her son Tony Sadowski and her daughter along with her husband Barbara and Bernie Warnock. She was the grandmother of Denise Pais-Sotelo (Julio), Dana Coleman (Dane), Diane Warnock, Jason Sadowski (Kristen), Chrissy Johnson (Anthony) and the late Danny Warnock. Also surviving are her great-grandchildren Brice, Kyle, Faer, Keala, Kole, Declan and Lily.

Andrew Michael Sheldrick 

Andrew Michael Sheldrick, entered into eternal rest in the arms of his beloved wife on Saturday, May 3. He was 77.

Born in Harrison, he was a lifelong resident. He worked as the head of maintenance for the U.S. Postal Service in Kearny for many years retiring in 2001.

Andrew was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, V.F.W. Post # 1302, West Hudson Marine Corps League Detachment and the Scots American Club, all located in Kearny. He served his country in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War.

Andrew was a soccer referee for many years in his free time. Prior to that he coached, namely with the Thistle F.C., Kearny and the Harrison Recreation.

He was the beloved husband of Martha (nee Gruber) married 46 years, devoted father of Scott (Katie), Sean and Christopher, cherished grandfather of Tayler, Meghan, Colin, Logan, Summer, Zachary, Christopher and Skye. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Viewing hours will be on Wednesday, May 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Cremation will be private. For information or directions, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Autism Speaks, care of the funeral home, in loving memory of Andrew.

Obituaries

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Peter F. Blair

 

Peter F. Blair, 73, died on Wednesday, April 23.

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

Peter was born in Kearny and raised in North Arlington. He later returned to Kearny where he lived for the last 45 years.

Mr. Blair was a graduate of Queen of Peace High School in North Arlington and later served honorably as an infantry sergeant in the New Jersey National Guard.

He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, Springfield, and was employed as an operations manager for St. Johnsbury for 30 years. He later worked for Waste Management before retiring in 2000.

Mr. Blair was a proud member and former vice president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 7, Hudson County, and was named their “Irishman of the Year” in 2004. He also served as the Hibernian delegate to the United Irish Associations of West Hudson and served as secretary to the United Irish Associations. Pete was also a member of the B.P.O.E. No.1992, North Arlington, and was named their “Elk of the Year” in 2013.

Peter will be remembered as a devout Roman Catholic who attended Mass every day at St. Stephen’s Church. He thoroughly enjoyed helping clean the sanctuary.

He was a lifelong and devoted fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. On more than one occasion Mr. Blair would personally call and speak to Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor and ask for a special prayer for a “Saturday afternoon win.”

Pete is survived by his beloved wife Mary Anne (nee Abate) Blair; his children Sharyne Blevins (Bill), Gregg Blair, and Peter Blair (Nancy); brother Raymond Blair; and grandchildren Billy, Gregg, and Blair Blevins and Nicholas, Erica, Anthony and Gina Blair. He was the beloved friend of the Rev. Sal DiStefano.

He was predeceased by his parents Raymond Sr., and Lillian Blair; two children Gerard and Darlene Blair; and three sisters Mary VanVolkenburg, Edna Guenther and Ann Blair.

Irish Heritage Park, Kearny, maintained by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, is flying the Irish flag at half-staff in honor of Pete.

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Ethel G. Murphy

Ethel G. Murphy, of Harrison, entered into eternal rest on April 22. She was 81.

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

Born in Newark, Ethel was a lifelong resident of Harrison. Ethel worked as a file clerk for Worthington Pump, a telegraph operator for Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Newark, and was also a housekeeper for Dr. Stanley Siwek. She was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church in Harrison.

Predeceased by her husband Thomas J. Murphy, she is survived by her loving companion James Chadwick, her beloved children and their spouses, Thomas (Coleen) and Tammy Blume (Steven); she was the cherished grandmother of Jessica Oldenburg (William), Thomas and Michele Murphy, and Steven and Kyle Blume. Ethel was the dear great-grandmother of Aimee and Ronald Oldenburg. She was the loving sister of Estelle Pipon and Raymond Scally. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Ethel was also predeceased by her parents John and Mabel Scally (nee Sulling) and her brother William Scally.

The family kindly requests donations to the Harrison Cancer League, P.O. Box 741, Harrison, N.J. 07029 in memory of Ethel.

Lottie Stavisky

Lottie Stavisky (nee Cilvick), 94, died April 18 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wayne. Private cremation is being arranged through the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny.

Mrs. Stavisky is survived by her daughter Marie Snider and her son Jeffrey Stavisky. She is also survived by two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

 Eugene Zazzara 

Eugene Zazzara died April 21 in Woodstock, Ga. He was 72.

Visiting will be on Friday, May 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, in Kearny. A funeral Mass will be on Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, and burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mr. Zazzara is survived by his children Jeffrey Zazzara and Michele Druding, his sister Carol Haraburda and five grandchildren.