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Obituaries

Mark A. Maldonado

Mark A. Maldonado, 37, entered into eternal rest on Monday, March 3, at St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, after a short illness.

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

Born in Newark, Mark was a lifelong resident of Harrison. He was a computer aided design and drafting technician and he also did heating & air conditioning repair and installation.

In his free time, Mark enjoyed playing the guitar and video games.

He is survived by his beloved parents Federico and Eva I. (nee Lopez) Maldonado, his loving sister Lory Enright and her husband Ryan, his cherished nephews Ryan and Jason Enright, and his dear aunt Merinda Martinez and her husband Hank. He is also survived by many cousins.

Eleanor C. Mount

Eleanor C. Mount, 86, of Toms River, formerly of Harrison, died on March 7 at home.

Arrangements are by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A Mass of Christian burial will be officiated on Tuesday, March 11, at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, Harrison, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mrs. Mount lived in Harrison most of her life before moving to Toms River in 2012.

She was the beloved wife of the late James R. Mount; mother of James (Paula) Mount, Carolyn (Kevin) Duffy, Karen (Douglas) Holzherr, John (Kathryn) and the late Michael Mount; grandmother of 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Make a Wish Foundation (www.nj.wish.org) would be appreciated.

Gladys Tubens

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The funeral for Gladys Tubens, of Kearny was arranged by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. The funeral Mass was at St. Anthony’s Church and burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Gladys came to this country from Peru 20 years ago. She is survived by her husband Enrique Bravo and her children Jesus, Gladys, Celena, Karina, Cinthia and Miguel Cordova and Milagros De La Rosa. Also surviving are eight grandchildren.

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Edward J. Frerichs

Edward J. Frerichs entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 1, surrounded by his loving family. He was 90.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Friday, March 7, at 9:15 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at Holy Cross Church, Harrison at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Friends may call on Thursday, March 6, from 3 to 7 p.m., and Friday from 8:45 a.m. For information or directions, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Born in “Hell’s Kitchen,” Manhattan, N.Y., Edward grew up in East Newark and lived in Harrison for the last 67 years. He worked as an electrical inspector for the Bendix Corporation in Teterboro for many years. Edward began working at the age of 15 to help support his widowed mother and two younger brothers.

A member of the “Greatest Generation,” he served in the United States Army during World War II. Landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day Plus 18, he served in the 823rd Tank Destroyer Battalion engaging in many battles throughout France, Belgium, and finally in Germany.

A devout Catholic, Edward was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church, Harrison, where he attended Mass daily.

Edward is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Florence (nee Devine), loving children, Edward, Claire Hallam, Elaine Dobosh (Joseph), and Ruth Gerris (Bob), cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Alison and Tom Bowers, Jennifer Dolaghan (Sean), Brian Dobosh (Beth Anne), Lisa Rusek (Mike), Steven Hallam (Moriah), Michelle Hallam and Danny Gerris and Jake and Quinn Dolaghan. He is also survived by a dear brother Fred and many nieces and nephews. Edward was predeceased by his brother Frank, daughter-in- law Frieda Frerichs, and a son-in-law George Hallam.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Camp Fatima of NJ, care of the funeral home, or you may mail your donation directly to Camp Fatima, P.O. Box 612, Harrison, N.J. 07029 in loving memory of Edward.

Catherine A. Greenemeier

Catherine A. Greenemeier (nee Nappi) entered into eternal rest peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, Feb. 27. She was 58.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. The funeral service will be private at the convenience of the family.

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

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

A wife and a mom, she worked as a crossing guard for several years in Harrison.

Catherine is survived by her beloved husband Richard; loving children Alexis and Richard Jr., dear siblings Lena Cicchino and Richard Nappi. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents Anthony and Margaret Nappi and her brother Anthony.

For those desiring, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105-1942 in loving memory of Catherine.

Mary Hickey

Mary Hickey died on Feb. 24 at home. She was 81.

Born in Brooklyn, she moved to Kearny 15 years ago.

A memorial service was held at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, followed by a private cremation.

Mary was a nursing assistant at The Brooklyn Methodist Hospital for many years.

Wife of the late James Greer, she is survived by her children and their spouses Stephen Hickey, Pat and Lew Battista, Kathy and Tom McGrade and Jacqueline Sabbagh. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Daniel J. Jutkiewicz

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Daniel J. Jutkiewicz, 61, died on Feb. 20 in the Hackensack University Medical Center.

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

Born and raised in Wilkes- Barre, Pa., Danny lived in Rutherford before moving to Kearny 18 years ago.

Mr. Jutkiewicz was a health insurance and employee benefit specialist for Benefits Solutions in Wayne for the last 11 years as well as a member of the New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters. He was an ambassador for the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce in Wayne.

He served as a Eucharistic Minister, lector, C.C.D instructor and a member of the Parish Council, all at St. Stephen’s Church. He also volunteered at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center in Kearny during Rejoice Retreats. During the holidays, Dan would feed the homeless with the Rev. Benedict Groeschel and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in the Bronx, N.Y. He coached girl’s softball for Kearny Recreation. Danny was also a constant entertainer, singing and playing guitar.

He is survived by his wife Susan (Leahy) and daughter Jessica Suzanne Jutkiewicz and her boyfriend Daniel Lockard; siblings Ann Marie Chirco and John “Jack” Jutkiewicz; son-in-law of Julia (Mc- Curley) and Jerry “Skeeter” Leahy; brother-in-law of Jane and Chris Souza, William and Kimberly Leahy and Anne and John McCaffery.

He was the uncle of Thomas, Christopher, Allyson, Justin, Paige, Julia, Keara, Brooke and Johnny.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org or to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at www. cmnwi.org.

Anne D. Klepp

Mrs. Anne D. Klepp, formerly of Kearny, passed away on Feb. 24. She was 90.

The funeral Mass was offered on Feb. 28 at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny (condonfuneralhome.com).

Mrs. Klepp had been an executive secretary with General Instruments in Newark for 40 years before retiring.

She was predeceased by her husband George in 1995 and is survived by her children Dolores (Thomas) List and George (Louellen) Klepp and her sisters, Julia Zavislak and Josephine Jagonski. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Thomas (BobbiJo) and Christopher (Allison) List and her great grandchildren Emily and Aaron.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to Hospice of NJ. http://www.americanhospice.com/.

Thomas Myers

Thomas Luther Myers, 79, passed away on Feb. 10.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid. com.

Mr. Myers was born in Johnson City, Tenn., and later lived in Kearny before moving to North Arlington 50 years ago.

He was a partner in Tom’s Service Center in Newark for 24 years before retiring in 1996.

Tom is survived by his beloved wife Audrey Myers (nee Kerr); daughter Heather Rokosny and her husband Charles; grandchildren Kristian and Madison Rokosny; brother-in-law Austin Kerr and his wife Claudia; sisters Betty Comer and her husband William and Judy Supel and her husband Harry and many nieces and nephews and their families.

He was predeceased by his parents Ruby Bennett (nee Previtt) and Taylor Myers and his sister Georgia Jenkins and her husband Les.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a charity of your choice.

Marion J. Teresavage

Marion J. Teresavage, 83, of Girardville, Pa., formerly a 50-year resident of Kearny, passed away Friday, Feb. 28.

Born in Girardville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Yousavage Leckner Sr. She was a graduate of the former Butler Township High School, class of 1947, Fountain Springs, Pa., and was employed as a loan officer for the First Jersey Bank, Kearny, until her retirement.

Marion was a member of St. Vincent DePaul Roman Catholic Church, Girardville, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her husband Peter Teresavage in January 2010, and a daughter Mariane Johnstone in 1977.

She is survived by her son Peter Teresavage III and his wife Linda of Shenandoah, Pa., sister Evelyn Leckner of Girardville, Pa., six grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren and nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Vincent De- Paul Roman Catholic Church, 260 N. 2nd St., Girardville, Pa. A viewing will be held at the church at 9:30 a.m. until Mass. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.

Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, 1323 Centre St., Ashland, Pa. is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Gladys Tubens

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Gladys Tubens of Kearny died Feb. 21.

Her funeral was arranged by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. The funeral Mass was at St. Anthony’s Church and burial followed in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Gladys came to this country from Peru 20 years ago.

She is survived by her companion Enrique Bravo and her children Jesus, Gladys, Celena, Karina, Cinthia and Miguel Cordova and Milagros De La Rosa. Also surviving are eight grandchildren.

Helen C. Wieczenski

Helen C. Wieczenski (nee Bakula) died Feb. 22. She was 86. Born in Harrison, she was a lifelong resident. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Wife of the late Chester, Helen is survived by her children and their spouses Michael and Mary Wieczenski, Andrea and Raymond Kustosz and Thomas and Miranda Wieczenski; her grandchildren Kimberly, Heather, Jason, Steven, Jennifer, Thomas, Michael and Andrew and her great-grandchildren Gavin, Alyssa, Jonathan, Alexis, Madison, Saheli and Aanya. She was predeceased by her daughter and son-in-law Bernadette and Dave Tietjen and her brothers Chester, Leo and Louis Bakula.

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

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Angelo Buttiglieri

Private arrangements for Angelo Buttiglieri were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home.

Mr. Buttiglieri, a former Hudson County resident, died Feb. 18 in Jacksonville, Fla. Angelo was a self-employed retail salesman for many years in Jersey City. He was a World War II veteran. His burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Richard A. Gelcius

Sr. Richard A. Gelcius Sr., 77, of Kearny, died on Feb. 22 at home.

Visiting will be at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be officiated on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mr. Gelcius was in shipping and receiving with Chrysler Corporation, Tappan, N.Y., for 42 years, retiring in 2008. He served in the United States Army Reserve and was a member of UAW Local 3039, Tappan, N.Y.

He was the beloved husband of 50 years of Lucille Pankiewicz Gelcius; father of of Johanna Gelcius and the late Richard Gelcius Jr. ; brother of Marianne Cassidy, Barbara Rokas and Theresa Bilaitis; and and grandfather of Sabastian Shaw and James Gelcius.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Raptor Trust, 1390 White Bridge Rd., Millington, N.J. 07946 www.info@theraptortrust.org would be appreciated.

Thomas Hanley

Thomas Hanley, 87, died Feb. 22 at his home in North Arlington.

Born in Harrison, he lived in North Arlington for the past 46 years. He was an avid bowler, a member of the Knights of Columbus Queen of Peace Council 3428, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a partner in Organization Services in North Arlington for the past 21 years. Previously, he worked as a draftsman for the Westinghouse Corporation in Newark for 32 years before his retirement in 1976.

He is the beloved husband of Margaret (nee Peck), the adored father of Kathleen Adamczyk and her husband Paul of North Arlington, Patricia Hanley of North Arlington, Thomas Hanley and his wife Martie of Lavalette, Marianne Carney and her husband Keith of Pequannock, Paul Hanley of Iowa, and the loving grandfather of 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

The funeral was from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Rd., North Arlington on Tuesday, Feb. 25, with a funeral Mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, The entombment followed in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.

Donations in his memory may be made to the North Arlington Volunteer Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 7088, North Arlington, N.J. 07031.

James Heinz

James Heinz, of Harrison, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Feb. 20. He was 49.

James was a lifelong resident of Harrison. He graduated from Harrison High School in 1982 and worked as a computer programmer in New York City for the last 20 years. An avid drummer, he played in several bands throughout the New York City area.

Predeceased by his parents, James and Rosalie (nee Bilotti) Heinz, he is survived by his uncle, Sam Bilotti.

A memorial Mass will be held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. Funeral services are under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. For information or directions, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Holy Cross Church, 16 Church Square, Harrison, NJ 07029 in loving memory of James.

Charles McBride

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Charles J. McBride, 83, died on Feb. 18 at his home in Kearny.

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

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

Charlie was born in Harrison and raised in Newark. He has lived in Kearny for the last 44 years.

Mr. McBride was a signal supervisor for NJ Transit. Prior, he worked in the same capacity for Conrail and before that the Erie-Lackawanna Railway. He worked for 41 retiring in 1998.

He is survived by his son Charles P. and his wife Patricia (Stotz) McBride and his beloved grandchildren Charles “C.J.” and Mallory McBride. Charlie also leaves behind two brothers Raymond and Robert.

He was predeceased by his wife Sharon (McPhail) McBride, parents Charles P. and Louise C. (Conroy) McBride and siblings Veronica, Jerome, Ralph, Gene and Thomas.

“Pop-Pop Charlie” as he was affectionately referred to by many in Kearny will be deeply missed. Residents could always count on seeing him at youth sporting events or in Dina’s Cafe enjoying a cup of coffee.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).

Antoinette Pendlebury

Antoinette Pendlebury, 89, of Ormond Beach, Fla,, and formerly of Kearny, passed away Feb. 12.

Mrs. Pendlebury was a devoted and loving wife to the late John Pendlebury. She is survived by her children, Thomas and Marianne Pendlebury, John and Deborah Pendlebury, Mary and Keith Lewis, Michael and Vonda Pendlebury, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Our Annie loved the Jersey Shore, cooking enormous meals for her family and the occasional jaunt to Atlantic City. Her sense of humor and love of a good story will always be remembered. But mostly, we will remember how much she loved her family. Ann was laid to rest beside her husband, on Feb 14 in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.

Gladys Tubens

Gladys Tubens, 60, passed away on Feb. 21.

Born in Lima, Peru, she immigrated to Kearny 20 years ago.

She is survived by her companion Enrique Brazo; her seven children Jesus, Gladys, Celena, Karina, Cinthia Cordova and Milagros De La Rosa and Miguel Calderon. Also surviving are eight grandchildren Samantha, Aaron, Kamille, Santos, Sebastian, Alexandra, Kate and Aurelio.

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

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Maria Fatima Castro

Maria Fatima Castro, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Feb. 8, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was 57.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A memorial Mass was offered at St. Rose of Lima Church, Newark, on Monday, Feb. 17.

Born in Salreu, Estarreja, Portugal, Maria lived in Newark for the last 30 years. A dedicated wife and mother, Maria greatly enjoyed caring for her family. In her spare time, she enjoyed knitting and gardening.

Maria is survived by her beloved husband, Vitorino (married 35 years), loving children, Veronica Coston and her husband Yondale, Vito Castro Jr., Steven Concepcion, and Najla Chaneyfield, cherished grandchildren, Yondale, Jr. and Sophia, dear siblings, Dulce de Sa Rodrigues, Carlos Alberto de Sa Rodrigues and Jose de Sa Rodrigues. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, an expression of sympathy may be made to St. Rose of Lima Church, 11 Gray St., Newark, N.J. 07107 or to a charity of choice in loving memory of Maria.

Kimberly Ann LaSalle

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Kimberly LaSalle, (McSorley) entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Feb. 13. She was 46.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A viewing was held at the funeral home on Monday, Feb. 17. Her cremation was private.

Born in Kearny, Kimberly lived most of her life in the Harrison and Kearny areas before moving to Dunellen. She worked for the HELM U.S. Chemical Corp, Piscataway, as a logistics manager. She was a member of the Harrison/East Newark Elks B.P.O.E #2326. She received an Associate Degree in business administration from Hudson County Community College, Jersey City.

In her free time, Kimberly was an avid reader. She was an animal lover and loved spending time with her friends and family.

She is survived by her loving companion, Joseph Gibbons and their daughter, Courtney LaSalle, beloved mother, Dorothy Latham, dear sisters, Nanette and Danielle LaSalle. She is also survived by many nieces and cousins.

Stanley Lubas

Stanley Lubas entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Feb. 15. He was 88.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 9:15 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison, at 10 a.m. Friends may call Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m and Wednesday from 8:45 a.m. His interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information or directions, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Born in Poland, Stanley moved to Kearny in 1968, before moving to Allamuchy Township 10 years ago. He worked as a carpenter for Continental Electric, Newark, before retiring. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. He enjoyed making furniture and gardening as hobbies.

Predeceased by his wife, Anna and a son, Jan Lubas, he is survived by his loving children Eugenia, Diane, Irene, Sophie and Edward, 14 cherished grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Raymond James McDonough

Raymond James McDonough, Mayor of Harrison, died suddenly on Feb. 12 in the Harrison Town Hall. He was 65.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was offered at Holy Cross Church, Harrison, on Monday, Feb. 17. His entombment took place in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.

A lifelong resident of Harrison, Mayor McDonough was born on Feb. 2, 1949 to Raymond J. McDonough Sr. and Marie Young McDonough. He attended Holy Cross School and Essex Catholic High School.

He worked as a member of Plumber’s Local #24 for 33 years as well as with the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission. He was a commissioner of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, a position to which he was appointed by the governor. He was a member of Harrison East Newark Elks B.P.O.E. #2326 and the Knights of Columbus #402 of Harrison. Before becoming mayor in 2005, Mayor McDonough served on the Harrison Town Council for 17 years. His life of service focused on the needs and the development of the town of Harrison and the needs of the citizens, whom he served faithfully during his terms of office.

Mayor McDonough is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years Constance Kowalski McDonough, by his twin brother, Thomas McDonough and his wife Ann of Harrison, his sisters Maureen Miller of Sparta, and Kathleen Fitzpatrick of Los Angeles, Calif., his brothers-in-law and their wives Gregory and Inez Kowalski and Dr. Mark and Laure Kowalski, his nieces and nephews, Kimberly Huaranga and her husband Alfredo of Nutley, Thomas J. McDonough and his wife Tara of Harrison, Dr. Kara Fitzpatrick and husband David Bajot of Palo Alto, Calif., Michael Fitzpatrick and wife Suzi of Mission Viejo, Calif., Dr. Breena Taira and her husband Dr. Taku Taira of Glendale, Calif., Adam and Celina Kowalski of Clinton, and Alex and Ava Kowalski of Winchester, Mass. He is also survived by his great-nieces and nephews Anthony & Giuliana Huaranga, Lev & Sei Taira, and Katie & Sarah Fitzpatrick of Mission Viejo, Calif. and all of his cat friends.

Mayor McDonough was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Marie McDonough, his cousin Patrick Young, and very recently by his beloved sister Mary Victoria McDonough, with whom he shared the love of Harrison, an interest in politics, and a life of good deeds and charity.

Mayor McDonough will be missed by his wife, his family and the citizens of Harrison, all of whom benefited from his love and concern for their well-being and happiness.

Following in Raymond’s life long example, donations may be made to the Holy Cross Restoration Fund, 16 Church Square, Harrison, N.J .07029 or the Harrison Education Foundation, 501 Hamilton St., Harrison, N.J. in loving memory of Raymond.

Ernest L. Podolski

Ernest L. Podolski died on Feb. 10. He was 84.

Born in Jersey City, he lived in Kearny for the past 52 years.

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

Mr. Podolski, a Korean War veteran, was decorated with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a retired shop steward for Wakefern Foods in Elizabeth. Ernest was a member of the VFW in Kearny.

Husband of Jean (nee Baillie), he is survived by his children and their spouses Michael Podolski, Stephen and Roseann Podolski and Richard and Kathleen Podolski. Brother of Donald Joseph Podolski and Doris Canzano he is also survived by his grandchildren Sean, Shannon, James, Brian and Michele.

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

Gerald Stadtler

Gerald Stadtler passed away on Jan. 4, 2014.

He was born on June 22, 1985 in Newark.

Surviving are his father Ralph Stadtler, sisters and brothers Ralph Stadtler Jr.; Lisa Davis, Danny Stadtler, Tracy Segarra, Brandon Bambrick and Thomas Stadtler; seven nieces and nephews; 10 aunts and uncles, not to mention numerous cousins throughout numerous states.

Viewing will be on Feb. 28 from 2-4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Las Rosas, 1055 East Jersey St., Elizabeth. Burial will be on March 1 at 9 a.m. in Rosehill Cemetery, Linden.

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Hannah Gaffney Killeen

Hannah Gaffney Killeen, 79, passed away on Feb. 6 at her home in Burlington Township. Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was offered at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Cremation was at Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside.

Hannah was born in Dublin, Ireland, and came to the United States in 1960. She lived in Hudson County, Belleville and Colonia before retiring to Manahawkin. She worked at McGovern’s Traven in Newark for many years.

Hannah was the beloved wife of the late Patrick Killeen; loving mother of Angela Schimenti, devoted mother-in-law of Lou Schimenti and adoring Nana to Patrick James and Diana Eileen; and dear sister to May Feeney, Monica Roche and Annie Ivory. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, Hannah requests a donation be made in her name to St. John’s Feed the Hungry, P.O. Box 200147, Newark, N.J. 07102 or Deborah Heart and Lung Hospital, 200 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, N.J. 08015.

William LeVan

William LeVan, 79, died of Feb. 3 at his home in Kearny.

Relatives and friends may call the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrave Dr., Kearny, on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 7:30 p.m. Cremation will be private. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thielereid.com.

Mr. LeVan was born in North Arlington and lived in Kearny his entire life.

He served in the Army during the Korean conflict.

William worked for waste management for 20 years before retiring. Previously, he worked for the Kearny D.P.W.

He is survived by his sons William J. (Rosemary), Michael J. (Lisa) and Robert P. LeVan (Sonia); two sisters Dorothy Rue and Cynthia LeVan and three grandchildren Michael, Robert and James. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Eugene Lysak

Private arrangements by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny, were handled for Eugene Lysak, who passed away on Jan. 23. He was 66.

Eugene was a Vietnam veteran and had been a postal manager in Hackensack. He is survived by his son David M. and his sister and brother Olga Musto and William Lysak.

Michael J. Russell

Michael J. Russell died on Feb. 4 in Philadelphia, He was 52.

Born in Newark, he lived in Kearny before moving to Lanoka Harbor in 1988.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Our of Lady Sorrows Church, Kearny, followed by a private cremation. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mike was a warehouseman for Benjamin Moore Paint in Clifton. He was an avid sports and Kiss fan. He was a member of The Elks and loved to watch his nephew at Vets Field and The Oval.

Beloved son of Joseph and Barbara (nee Sateary) Russell, he also survived by his wife Lori-Anne (nee Smith), his sisters Karen Cannizzo and Donna Esteves and his brother David and his wife Leslie. Brother-in-law of Eddie and Dawn Smith, he is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and his pals Mikki and Petey.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to your own local animal shelter.

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Manuel A. De Almeida

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ian S. Doris

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

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

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

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

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

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

Billy Farnham

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

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

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

Donna Marie Lineer

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

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

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

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

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

Anthony T. LoFasso

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

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

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

Joseph Thomas Mascellino

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

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

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

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

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

Evelyn L. McKinnon

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kathleen Wilma Neal

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

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

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

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

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

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Joe Pereira

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jorge Quiroz

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

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

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

Donald A. Wojciechowski

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

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

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

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

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

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Eleanor S. Cowburn

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

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

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

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

Catherine McClelland

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

Born in Hamilton, Scotland, she lived many years in Kearny before moving to Lakewood. She lived the past two years in Kenvil. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

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

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

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

George Parker

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

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

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

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

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

Margaret Pidgeon

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

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

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

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Jason DeFina

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

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

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

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

Charles William Girgan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marilyn Gruchacz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clemente S. Lopez Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

Marguerite A. Woods

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Frank Goresh

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barbara Jean Gorski

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John E. Jimenez

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

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

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

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

Frederick J. Kuhrt Jr.

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

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

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

Condolences may be sent to www.armitagewiggins.com.

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

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

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

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

Edilia E. Perez

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Perritt

James Perritt, 70, died on Jan. 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Henry M. Sarnas

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

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

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

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

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

Evelyn V. Sirois

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

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

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

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

Margaret T. Was

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituaries

Frank Alonzo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marie Basile

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Ann Bielski

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

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

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

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

Jorge L. Bless

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

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

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

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

Mary Victoria McDonough

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

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

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

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

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

Anna Mae Pearn

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pauline Plaugic

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Wharrie

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

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

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

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

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

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