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Obituaries

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Obituaries

Frank Dombrowski
Frank Dombrowski, 90, of Harrison and Toms River, entered into eternal rest on April 17.
The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Wednesday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be offered at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison at 11 a.m. Friends may call on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. For information or directions, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.
Born in Harrison, Frank lived there most of his life before retiring to Toms River.
Frank was the owner of Walter’s Bar and Grill in Harrison. He was a decorated World War II veteran, serving with the 42nd Rainbow Division in Europe, and was a member of Sgt. Wm. Sawelson VFW Post 340, American Legion Post 282 and Knights of Columbus #402 all in Harrison. He was a founding member of the Young Men’s Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Czestochowa, a longtime member of the Gilford Park Yacht Club, the Old Guard of Gilford Park, Toms River and the OLC Seniors and the Holy Cross Church Seniors.
He is survived by his loving children Teresa of Toms River and Walter and his wife Ellen of Long Beach Island. He was the loving grandfather of Mark and P.J. Dombrowski and dear great-grandfather of Jackson and Declan. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in loving memory of Frank (see www.stjude.org).

Harry L. Nell
Harry L. Nell died April 15. He was 88.
Born in California, he lived in Newark. Private cremation services were provided by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny.
Harry served in the Navy during World War II and survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was a retired welder from Boeing Aircraft.
Husband of the late Mary, he is survived by his current wife Marli and his children Lillian Para, Virginia Peckham, Patricia Nell-Pinto, Rose and Lu Carvalho, Ilda Cavalcanti, Elizabeth Bolger and the late Sylvia Flowers. Also surviving are four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Tin Can Sailors.

Lawrence Paznek
Lawrence “Larry” Paznek, 84 passed away on Sunday, April 13.
Born in Jenners, Pa., Larry lived in Kearny for the last 60 years.
He served in the Navy for 10 years.
Larry was a guidance counselor and English teacher at Essex County Vocational School in Newark for 25 years.
He was a member of the Friendship Harmony Club at the Henrietta Benstead Senior Center in Kearny as well as an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Harrison for 68 years.
Mr. Paznek is survived by his wife of 61 years Catherine “Kay” (nee Lutot) Paznek; his children David Paznek and his wife Marian and Lydia Wojcik and her husband Paul.
He also leaves behind his sisters Irene and Sister Evelyn Marie and his grandchildren Lauren, Daniel, Carolyn, Christopher and Kevin.
He was predeceased by his parents Peter and Ann (Masis) Paznek and siblings Pete, Lucille, Al and Mike.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday April 15, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, Kearny. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mary Taylor
Mary I. Taylor (nee Ovens), 96, died on April 14 in the Waterview Center, Cedar Grove.
Mary was born in Barrhead East Renfrewshire, Scotland, and immigrated to this country in the early 1950s.
She lived in Kearny for many years first on Johnson Ave. then later on Forest St.
She moved to North Arlington 15 years ago. Wherever she lived her neighbors would refer to her as a great gardener and a “kitchen goddess.”
Ms. Taylor also worked as a clerk in the seafood section at ShopRite in Kearny for several years.
Private arrangements were under the direction of the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral
Home, Kearny. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Obituaries

Tessie Babinski

Tessie (Truskolawski) Babinski, 100, a resident of St. Joseph’s Seniors Home Nursing Center and Assisted Living, Woodbridge, and formerly of Basking Ridge and Kearny, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 7.

Tessie was the wife of the late Chester Babinski, her beloved husband of 57 years.

Visiting was scheduled for Tuesday April 15, at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home. 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, from 4 to 8 pm. A funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, April 16, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 115 S. Third St., Harrison. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.

Tessie was devoted to her family, her faith, and her friends. She worked at RCA in Harrison for many years and loved to read, knit and crochet.

She is survived by her two sons, Edward and his wife Pauline of Uxbridge, Mass., and Raymond and his wife Judith of Basking Ridge; grandson Paul and his wife Kristin, grandson David and his wife Nikki; granddaughter Elizabeth Baker and her husband Brent; granddaughter Katherine Thompson and her husband Bryan; and six great-grandchildren Allison, Emily and Samantha Babinski, Tessa Baker and Reese and Cole Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to St. Joseph’s Seniors Home Nursing Center and Assisted Living, 1-3 St. Joseph Terrace, Woodridge, N.J. 07095.

Ellis Beesley

Ellis “Norman” Beesley, 92, of Manasquan, passed away on April 10 at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla.

He was born Nov. 22, 1921, in Kearny. He was raised in Kearny and was a graduate of Kearny High School.

He worked for DuPont as a research scientist and attended Newark College of Engineering.

After Pearl Harbor was attacked, he signed up with the Army Air Corps as a fighter pilot. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, and flew 42 missions over Italy. His last year was spent in a German POW camp after his plane was shot down.

In 1948 he married Eileen Farrell and worked as a fireman with the Kearny Fire Department until retiring in 1985. After retiring he moved to his summer home in Manasquan and wintered in Ellenton, Fla. He enjoyed fishing, boating, shuffleboard and traveling to many destinations.

Mr. Beesley is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eileen (nee Farrell) and is also survived by two sons, Dr. Ellis N. Beesley Jr. and his partner John Silkey and Philip E. Beesley and his wife Eileen, and four grandchildren, Scott Philip and his fiancee Bethany Smith, Claire Catharine, Robert and Ryan. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was slated for Tuesday, April 15, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Neary- Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South St., Manasquan. A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Denis Church in Manasquan. Cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, N.J. 07834-1365 or a charity of your choice. For more information or to post a tribute, please visit www.neary-quinnfuneralhome.com.

Margaret Koscielecki

Margaret Koscielecki died April 8. She was 88.

Born in Harrison, she lived most of her life in Kearny. Private arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. Margaret was a secretary at State Farm Insurance Company in Lyndhurst.

Wife of the late Henry, she is survived by her children Christine Yanuzzi and Denis Koslecki, her brother Joseph Zubko and her beloved grandchildren Allisyn, Daniel, Patrick and Andrew all of whom she was so devoted to and proud of. A memorial Mass will be scheduled in the near future at St. Cecilia’s Church.

Frank S. Lamendola

Frank S. Lamendola died April 9 at home. He was 86.

Born in Hoboken, he lived the past 50 years 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 entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Frank served in the Army Air Force from 1947 to 1949. He owned Aztec Spackling in Kearny. He was a member and past president of Kearny UNICO and had been the grand marshal of the Columbus Day Parade.

Husband of Judi (nee Dunn), he is survived by his son Marc F. Lamendola and his daughter along with her husband Tina Marie and Brian Bartel. He was the brother of Caroline DiNardo and the late Paul Lamendola, and brother-in-law of Sandra Lamendola and Roger and JoAnn Dunn. Also surviving are his grandchildren Aidan and Tristan Lamendola and Jillian Bartel.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Imus Center at Hackensack Medical Center.

Dolores Machado

Dolores “Pidge” Machado, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 8, surrounded by her loving family. She was 81.

Pidge was born April 3, 1933, to Frank and Genevieve Sheldrick (nee Trembley) in East Newark. She was raised at 26 Reynolds Ave. in East Newark, before moving to Harrison and lived most of her life there.

She worked as a bartender at The Odd Couple, Dunphy’s Hawaiian Palms, The Library Bar & Inn, all in Harrison, and at My Place in East Newark for many years. In her free time, Pidge enjoyed playing bingo at many of the local churches.

Wife of the late Armand Machado and the late Joseph Choffo, Pidge is survived by her beloved children, Frank (Theresa), Joseph, Jr. (Barbara) and Mike, dear stepchildren, John and Gail, cherished brother Andy Sheldrick, loving grandchildren, Dan, Melissa, Nicol, Jeanne Marie, Leanne, Frank II, Joseph III, Megan and Andrew and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased her daughter Colleen, siblings Mary Cooper, Genevieve Brown, and Frank Sheldrick and her stepdaughter Dana Machado.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to help defray the funeral costs, care of Mulligan Funeral Home.

Helen C. Yankowski

Helen C. Yankowski of East Newark passed away Tuesday, April 8, at The Renaissance Rehabilitation and Care Center in Lincoln Park, at the age of 92.

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. Her Interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Born in Mt. Carmel, Pa., on November 12, 1921, Helen moved to New Jersey where she met and married Michael C. Yankowski of Harrison.

She was a loving homemaker who also worked part time for the East Newark School System as a cafeteria aide. Helen resided in East Newark for more than 50 years before moving to live with her daughter, Barbara, in Livingston. Helen was a life member of the East Newark Senior Citizens Club and a former East Newark Senior Citizen of the Year. She was a member for many years of the Holy Cross Rosary and Vincentian Societies.

Predeceased by her husband, Michael, Helen is survived by her daughter, Barbara of Livingston, her son, Michael and his wife Laurie of Debary, Fla., and her former daughter in-law, Gina of Point Pleasant. She is also survived by five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, Tenn. 38148 in Helen’s memory would be appreciated.

Obituaries

Beatriz DaSilva

Beatriz DaSilva died April 4 in Clara Maass Hospital. She was 87.

Born in Portugal, she lived in Newark and many years in Harrison.

Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was set for Tuesday, April 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Church, East Newark, with burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www. armitagewiggins.com.

Wife of the late Julio, she is survived by her sons Julio, Antonio and Manuel DaSilva. She is also survived by six grand and seven great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Harrison Cancer League c/o the funeral home.

Peter G. Drofiak

Peter (“Lineman Pete”) George Drofiak, 65, of Kearny, passed away on Saturday, April 5, at Alaris on Belgrove Drive, Kearny.

Peter was born in Penley Hall, England, and was a longtime resident of Kearny. Peter graduated from Kearny High School, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged. He was a lineman for the Kearny Fire Department for 26 years.

Peter was the loving son of the late Stefan and Eva Drofiak, brother of John Drofiak and devoted uncle of Eve Holiday Drofiak and Samantha Drofiak.

Services were by the Shaw- Buyus Home for Services, 138 Davis Ave. , Kearny.

Mildred S. Ferreira

Mildred S. Ferreira died April 1. She was 78.

Born in Newark, she moved to Kearny 45 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, North Arlington, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Mildred, along with her husband Luciano, owned and helped manage their family business, L. Ferreira and Son Fuel Oil in Kearny.

Wife of Luciano Ferreira Jr., she is also survived by her children and their spouses Mary and Vincent Abbott, Viola and Rick Diebold, Rosemarie and Alan Masters and Luciano Ferreira III. She was the sister of Fran Pfluger, Helen DaCruz, Suzanne Taskowitz, Teresa Raimondi, Kathy Stolte and Thomas Reagan. Also surviving are her grandchildren Annmarie Grenga, Danielle and Vincent Abbott, Craig, Cyndi and Samantha Dieck, Alan, Michael and Kimberly Masters and Kerri Ferreira and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Leukemia Lymphoma Foundation.

Margaret M. Fitzgerald

Margaret M. Fitzgerald (nee Sweeney), 98, died April 6 at her home in North Arlington.

Born in Jersey City, she moved to North Arlington in 1958.

She worked as an administrative assistant for the RETS Electronic School in Nutley for 20 years before retiring 28 years ago.

She was the beloved wife of the late John J. Fitzgerald, the cherished mother of Dennis Fitzgerald and his wife Doris of North Arlington, Geraldine Bleach and her husband Thomas of Brick, Peter Fitzgerald and his wife Nancy of Massachusetts, and the late Robert Fitzgerald, the adored grandmother of Shane, Jamie, John and Joey, and the loving aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be at the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Rd., North Arlington on Tuesday, April 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 9, at 10 a.m., at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Alfred J. Glowacki

Alfred J. Glowacki, 91, of North Arlington, and formerly of Jersey City, died on April 2.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Interment was in The Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Wrightstown.

Mr. Glowacki was a teacher at Dickinson High School in Jersey City for 32 years, retiring in 1980. He was a sergeant in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of the Polish National Alliance.

He was the beloved husband of the late Stella Olchowa Glowacki, father of Patricia Caulfield and grandfather of Andrew and Steven.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675 would be appreciated.

Anthony Palumbo

Anthony J Palumbo, 74, died on April 3 in the N.J. Veterans Home, Paramus.

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

Mr. Palumbo was born in Newark and lived in Kearny for many years before moving to Paramus 17 years ago.

He served in the Navy from 1957 until 1960.

Anthony was a police officer for the town of Kearny for 31 years, retiring 21 years ago. He proudly served two terms as president of the Residence Council at the Veterans Home.

Mr. Palumbo is survived by his wife Marie G. Palumbo (nee Ostroman); three children; Mark B. Graham and his wife Patricia, Lisa M. Donabauer and her husband Joseph and John G. Graham and his wife Judy; one sister Patricia Giangerelli and her husband George; grandchildren Mark B. Graham, Kristen L. Graham, Kyle C. Graham and his wife Amber, Kelly A. Graham, Sean G. Graham, Evan P. Graham, Gina Marie Donabauer and Samantha N. Donabauer and one great-grandchild Bradley C. Graham.

He was the uncle of Janine Cerreto (nee Giangerelli) and her husband Carmen and their children Christina and Anthony.

Anthony was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Clara (DeVivo) Palumbo and his sister Virginia Laterza and her husband Joseph.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the N.J. Veterans Home Paramus, 1 Veterans Dr., Paramus, N.J. 07652 or to a charity of your choice.

Orlando Suarez

Orlando Suarez died April 5. He was 83.

Born in Havana, Cuba, he lived in Belleville before moving to Lyndhurst a year ago.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, April 8, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, April 9, at 11 a.m. at Queen of Peace Church, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewigins.com.

Orlando is survived by his wife Argelia and his daughters Teresita and Vivian Suarez and his grandchildren Ivannah, Ariana, Kayla, and Demi.

Dorothy Theiss

Dorothy Theiss, of North Arlington, passed away on April 3 at home. She was 76.

Born in Tennessee, she lived in Dedham, Mass., before moving to North Arlington 52 years ago. She was an R.N. at Clara Maass Medical Center for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband Thomas in 1978.

She is survived by four daughters, Kathleen Postal (Collin), Cheryl Ann Moran (William), Christine Fitzgerald and Karolyn Theiss, one son Brian Theiss (Christina), and one sister Jane Walker. She is also survived by her dear friend Judith Roemer, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. www.armitagewiggins.com.

William J. Thompson

William J. Thompson died March 31. He was 85.

Born in Kearny, he was a lifelong resident and also spent his winters in Sarasota, Fla.

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 online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Bill served in the Army and was part of U.S. occupying forces in Japan during World War II. He was a retired detective sergeant from the Kearny Police Department. He was a member of Copestone- Ophir F.&A.M., the West Hudson South Bergen Optimist Club, the Tatum Ridge Golf Club and had worked and played for years at Crestmont Country Club.

Husband of Barbara (nee Nicolls), he is survived by his children and their spouses Jeffrey and Meg Thompson and Dorine and John Pomponio. Brother of the late David Thompson and Gladys Smith, he was also the devoted Pop Pop to Travis Thompson, Allison Fisher, Lindsey Link, Jessica and Tucker Thompson and Joshua, Kaitlyn and Sara Pomponio. Also surviving are his great grandchildren Molly, Jack, Cooper and James.

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

Obituaries

Vincent F. Carchidi

Mr. Vincent F. Carchidi, of Kearny, died on Saturday, March 29. He was 81 and a longtime Kearny resident.

The funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday, April 2, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by the interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Condon Funeral Home (condonfuneralhome.com) 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny, on Tuesday, April 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Vince was a fixture working the polls in Kearny during municipal and school board elections. He was also a member of the Watchung Amateur Ski Club for 52 years and enjoyed spending time at his home in the Catskills.

He was employed as a general manager and advertising specialist with the Kearny Observer for over 25 years until retiring.

He was a proud Army veteran of the Korean War.

Mr. Carchidi is survived by his sister, Rose Carchidi; his nieces and nephews Roseanne and Craig Stewart, John and Sharon Carchidi and Christine and Daniel McShane. Also surviving are his great-nieces and nephews Christopher McShane, Daniel and Linette McShane, Jackie and John McNally and Alex McShane. He was predeceased by his siblings Clara A. and Joseph (Jackie) Carchidi.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donations to Pathways for Independence, 60 Kingsland Ave., Kearny, N.J. 07032.

Hubert Churchman

Hubert “Frank” Churchman, 92, passed away on March 23 at Newton Medical Center.

Born and raised in Kearny to the late Percy James and Mary (Billingham) Churchman, he lived in Flanders before moving to Sussex County in 2005. Along with his wife, Therese, Mr. Churchman summered in Stuart, Fla., from 1993 to 2004.

He served in the United States Army in the 347th Infantry during World War II and received a Bronze Star and was a member of the American Legion Post 213 in Wantage. He was an assistant coach for Thistle FC of Kearny.

Mr. Churchman was employed as a truck driver and dispatcher for Chasta Motor Transportation in Kearny, retiring in 1987.

He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Therese, on February 16, 2009; his son, Francis “Frank” Churchman on September 10, 2009; and his daughter-in-law, JoAnne Churchman on December 18, 2008. He is survived by his three sons, Brian of Wantage, Mark of Wharton, and James of Wantage; his daughter, Nancy Mary Shaffer and her husband Harry of Lake Ariel, Pa.; and his five grandchildren.

Arrangements were by the Pinkel Funeral Home, 31 Bank St., Sussex. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to the Wantage First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 721, Wantage, N.J. 07461. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.pinkelfuneralhome.com.

Charles E. Ferruggio

Charles E. Ferruggio, 66, died March 24 at the Maple Glen Center in Fair Lawn.

Born in New York, N.Y., he lived in North Arlington before moving to Oakland 12 years ago. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He was an operating engineer with Local 825 in Springfield for 35 years before retiring five years ago.

He was the cherished companion of 22 years of Marietta Galdi, the adored father of Jason C. Ferruggio, the loving brother of Sam Ferruggio and the dear uncle of Andrea Ferruggio.

The funeral was from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Rd., North Arlington, on Friday, March 28, with a funeral Mass at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Joann L. Gorba

Joann L. Gorba died March 12 at home. She was 48.

Born in Kearny, she was a lifelong resident.

A memorial service was held at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Joann is survived by her daughter Ashley and her sisters and brother Julie Kammerer, Sherri MacLeod and James Gorba. She is also the beloved aunt of Julie, Sean and Kristen Clark.

Theresa Kosciuch

Theresa Kosciuch (nee Paschenko) died March 27. She was 86.

Born in Harrison, she lived in Kearny the past 64 years.

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

Theresa is survived by her husband William and her children and their spouses John and Molly Kosciuch and Elaine and William Lombardi. Also surviving are her grandchildren Liza, Sara, Nicole and Michele and her great grandchildren Noah and Dean.

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

Patrick Francis Murtagh

Patrick Francis Murtagh, 82, entered into eternal rest on March 27.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Tuesday, April 1, at 10:15 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at St. Aloysius Church, Newark, at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Friends may call on Tuesday, starting at 9:30 a.m. For information or directions, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Born in French Parp, Ireland, he was a lifelong resident of Newark. He worked as a machine operator for PFAFF and Kendall in Newark for 30 years, retiring in 1994. Prior to Kendall, he worked for Commercial Can in Newark. He was a member of Roscommon Club in New York City, and he was an avid Mets fan and enjoyed playing the lottery.

Patrick is survived by his sister Anna Thompson and his brother Joseph Murtagh, his cousins Margaret ”Jeannie” Brynes, Helen Brennen and Mary Vaughn and many friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Margaret (Byron) Murtagh and his uncle, John Murtagh.

Eleanor M. Nauen

Eleanor M. Nauen died March 23. She was 84.

Born in Paterson, she lived in Florida for many years before moving to Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church and burial followed in Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah.

Eleanor is survived by her sister Henrietta Mawhinney, four nieces, one nephew and their families.