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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.

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Joan Elizabeth Fearns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elizabeth A. Lydecker

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

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

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

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

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

Lillian M. Ober

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

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

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

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

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

Patrick O’Donnell

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

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

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

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

Julio Veliz

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

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

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

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Jane Theresa Capuano

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

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

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

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

Edmund H. Costa

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

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

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

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

Helen Cecilia Jankowski

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

Thomas F. McShane Sr.

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

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

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

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

Antoinette ‘Ann’ Monacelli

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

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

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

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

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

Hazel Norberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerardo ‘Jerry’ Riposta

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

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

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

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

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

Alexander Robertson

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

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

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

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

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

Donald Ross

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

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

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

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

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

Marian G. Weiss

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

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

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

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

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

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Mary Dombrowski

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

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

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

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

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

Peter J. Forte

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

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

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

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

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

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

John A. Hopko

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edward Karolasz

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

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

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

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

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

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

Norman J. Salvesen

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

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

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

Alice Stang

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

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

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

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

Angela Tano

Angela Tano died on Dec. 14 in Kearny.

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

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

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

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Dorothy Bevan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruth P. Bradow

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

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

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

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

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

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

John J. Carchidi

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

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

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

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

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

Emma Costa

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

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

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

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

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

In lieu of flowers, please consider American Lung Association.

Elizabeth C. Doeffinger

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

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

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

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

Joseph ‘Joe’ D. Graham

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patrick Hesketh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robin June Kozik

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

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

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

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

Robert ‘Bobby’ Christopher Leister

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

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

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

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

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

“Gone But Never Forgotten”

Carlota M. Sanchez

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

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

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

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

Catherine Scullion

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vincent Herman Tornfelt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doris VanKirk

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

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

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

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

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

She leaves behind many dear friends.

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

Obituaries

Elsa Alvarado

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

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

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

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

Hegliluz Appleton

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

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

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

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

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

Mabel E. Borys

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

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

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

Mabel was a retired Kearny postal worker.

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

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

Angelina Di Tano

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

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

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

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

Ethel Fraser

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Fucetola

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

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

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

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

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

Patricia Gocklin

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

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

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

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

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

Encarnacion Lorenzo

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

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

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

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

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

Michael J. Stanziola

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

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

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

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

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

Jorge A. Suri

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituaries

Mary M. Adesso

Mary M. Adesso died on Nov. 20 in Toms River. She was 90. Born in Newark, she lived many years in North Arlington.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home with burial in Glendale Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Wife of the late Louis, she is survived by her children and their spouses Valerie Sauer, Louis and Eileen Adesso and Donna and Mike Derewianyk. Sister of Millie Niagara she is also survived by six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and her special son Michael Matthews. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church Altar Guild in Harrison.

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

Minnie De Trolio

Minnie De Trolio (nee Fucetola) died Nov. 22 at home. She was 93. Born in Newark, she lived in Kearny since 1973.

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

Minnie was the wife of the late Daniel De Trolio and is survived by her children Daniel, Joseph and David De Trolio, Genevieve Wood and Barbara Ann Herbert. Sister of Joseph and James Fucetola and Genevieve Cugini, she is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Dennis C. Mazol

Dennis C. Mazol died on Nov. 20. He was 68.

Born in Jersey City, he lived in Harrison and Kearny before moving to Barnegat four years ago.

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

Dennis was a laborer for the Town of Kearny.

Husband of the late Judy (nee Berk), he is survived by his children and their spouses David and Kathleen Mazol, Janice and Robert Belbol, Daniel and Mandyjane Mazol, and Caryn and Ken Smith. He was brother of Elayne Mazol, Connie Gerstenmaier, Stephen Mazol, Michele Witko and the late Christine Horne. Also surviving are his grandchildren Cynthia, Shane, Brian, Haleigh, Erin, Kristoffer, Jared, Robert, Brendan, Kyle, Colin, Sawyer, Garrett, Finley and Mckenna. He was predeceased by his daughter Susan.

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

Obituaries

Dorothy Cuomo

Dorothy Cuomo died Nov. 12 in Kearny. She was 77.

Born in Harrison, she lived in Newark for the past 35 years.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church and the burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, both in North Arlington.

Dorothy worked for the Essex County Board of Elections and was a true friend to animals. Her main passion in life was animal rescue.

She is survived by her brothers Joe Ruccatano and Anthony Ruccatano, her sister-in-law Pat and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Friends of Animals.

Margaret M. Dyer

Margaret M. Dyer entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, Nov, 13, at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

Born in Jersey City, she was a lifelong resident of Harrison.

Margaret worked for RCA, Inc., Harrison, as a tube tester for 28 years retiring many years ago.

She is survived by her brother Robert F. Dyer of Harrison. She was predeceased by her siblings Mildred “Honey” Smith, Joseph J. Dyer and John J. Dyer Jr.

Private services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Anna Kirchner

Anna T. Kirchner (Kimball), 87, died on Nov. 13 at Haven Hospice, Edison.

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 Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

She was born in Mystic, Conn., and lived in Kearny before moving to Dunellen 25 years ago.

Anna was employed as a clerk for the U.S. Defense Contract Administration in New York for many years.

She is survived by her son John J. Kirchner, siblings Betty Kennedy, Tom Kimball and Martin Kimball; one granddaughter Corrine and two great-grandchildren Lilly Ann and Briella.

Randall Ostrander

Randall L. Ostrander, 71, died on Nov. 13 at his home in Kearny.

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

Randy was born in East Orange and was a lifelong resident of Kearny.

He earned a B.S. in accounting from Rutgers University, Newark.

Mr. Ostrander was a financial executive for Engelhard Corp. in Iselin for 47 years, retiring five years ago. He also proudly served as a deacon and elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington.

Randy is survived by his wife Arlene (Scott); children Cheryl L. Bogdan, and David R. Ostrander (Stacy); one sister, Karlene Wagner, and two grandchildren, Jessica and Nicole.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 28 Kennedy Blvd., Suite 180, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816 or to the John Theurer Cancer Center, 360 Essex Street, Suite 301, Hackensack, N.J. 07601.

Susan Sadrianna

Susan Sadrianna, (nee Praslicka) entered into eternal rest peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, Nov. 15. She was 67.

Born in Passaic, she lived most of her life in East Rutherford, until moving to North Arlington, nine years ago to live with her daughter and grandson.

Susan worked as a printer for Bowne and Company, Secaucus, G.S. Litho Inc., and A.G..T. Inc., both of Carlstadt, for 40 plus years.

She is survived by her loving daughters Barbara Cybulsky and Christina Halkiu and her cherished grandchildren Nicholas, Charlene and Sabrina.

Private services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. For information or to send condolences please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the family to help pay for funeral expenses in care of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, in loving memory of Susan.

Dolores Thomas

Dolores Thomas died on Nov. 14 at home. She was 70.

Born in Jersey City, she lived many years in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by a private cremation. To leave an online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mrs. Thomas was a payroll manager for many years for Stop & Shop in Lyndhurst.

Wife of James P. Thomas, she is survived by her children John Thomas and Veronica Black (Gary); sister of Carol Carola, she is also survived by her grandchildren Megan, Danielle and Jason. In lieu of flowers kindly make a donation to www.curepc.org.

Obituaries

Frances A. Oldknow

Frances A. Oldknow (nee Winship), 84, of Ocean Grove, formerly of Kearny, died on Nov. 7.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Cecelia’s Church, Kearny. A service was held by the Eastern Star Liberty Chapter, Kearny. A private cremation was held.

Born at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Port O Prince, Haiti, Mrs. Oldknow lived most of her life in Kearny before moving to Ocean Grove 10 years ago. She was an elementary school teacher with the North Arlington School System for 30 years retiring in 1992.

She was a member of the Eastern Star Liberty Chapter, Kearny, the Arlington Women’s Club and the West Hudson Optimist Club.

She was the beloved wife of 59 years of Robert J. Oldknow; mother of Keith J. Oldknow, Sharon O. Marshall (Steve), Kent R. Oldknow (Joan) and Marlynn Frances Haslund (Leif); grandmother of eight grandchildren; aunt of Michele, Maura and several other nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

MaryAnn Rokosny

MaryAnn Rokosny (nee O’Malley), of North Arlington, formerly of East Newark, died on Nov. 8 at home.

Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A Mass of Christian burial will be officiated on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mrs. Rokosny was employed at West Hudson Hospital, Kearny for over 35 years. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Company B Fire Department, North Arlington.

She was the beloved wife of 54 years of Charles T. Rokosny; mother of Patricia (John) Svec, Charles J. (Heather) and John P. (Danielle) Rokosny and the late Joseph Rokosny; and sister of Martin (Eda), Richard (Annette) O’Malley and the late Larry (late Marge) O’Malley.

She was the grandmother of Lauren, Michael, Jennifer, Kristian, Madison, Tyler and Trevor. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations to the John Theurer Cancer Center Hackensack University Medical Center Breast Division or The Patient Access Network Foundation would be appreciated.

Louise Torta

Louise Torta ( nee Manfredonia) 79, of Kearny died on Nov. 3 at home.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr.,Kearny. A Mass of Christian burial was officiated at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mrs. Torta was a retired Hi- Lo operator with La Torraine Coffee Company, Secaucus for over 20 years. She was born and raised in Hoboken before moving to Kearny in 1974.

She is the beloved mother of Donna (John) Pomponi, sister of Lorraine Manfredonia and the late Philip Manfredonia, grandmother of Anthony Pomponi, aunt of John and Marc Prezioso, Theresa Al Hakem and the late Ralph and Philip Manfredonia.

In lieu of flowers donations to The St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38101-9908 www.st.jude.org would be appreciated.

Obituaries

Robert Boni

Robert Boni died on Nov. 2 at home. He was 82.

Born in Pennsylvania, he lived most of his life in Kearny. Visiting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. His service will be on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m. in the Christian Apostolic Church, 219 Laurel Ave., Kearny. Burial will follow at Arlington Cemetery. To leave an online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Bob was in the Army during the Korean Conflict and was a retired letter carrier in Kearny.

He is survived by his wife Carol J. (nee Marotti), his children and their spouses Robert Jr. and Linda Boni and Mary Lynn and Tim Girgan, his brother and sister-in-law Gene and Marian Boni and his grandchildren Bobby and his wife Silvia and Jason and Kyle.

Thomas Mollica

Thomas Mollica died on Nov. 1. He was 76.

He lived many years in East Newark before moving to Kearny 20 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Son of the late Lena (Foti) and John Mollica. Tom is survived by his wife Antoinette and his children and their spouses Marie and Mike Hickey, Diana and Marty Miller, and John and June Mollica. Brother of Mary Cinardo, Richard Mollica, Josephine McCann, Frank Mollica and the late Nicholas, Joseph and Anthony Mollica. He is also survived by his grandchildren Michael, Shawn, Jason and Ryan and his great-grandchildren Madison, Shawn and Jaydon. Sadly, he was predeceased by his grandson Justin.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Hackensack Medical Center/Child Life somens@humed.com,

Lorraine V. Quitto

Lorraine V. Quitto died suddenly at home on Nov. 3. She was 48. Born in Newark, she lived in Kearny before moving to North Arlington eight years ago. Visiting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. The funeral will be on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m., at St. Peter’s Church, 155 William St., Belleville. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Lorraine is survived by her husband Marco and her children and their spouses Marco, Jr., Kathryn and Ben Lamela, Lori Quitto, Kimberly and Robert Quitto and Christopher Quitto. She is also survived by her grandchildren Logan and Layla.

Richard E. Salisbury Sr.

Richard E. Salisbury Sr. died on Nov. 1 in Mountainside Hospital. He was 77.

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

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.

Mr. Salisbury was an Army veteran and a member of the American Legion. He was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington. He was a retired school bus driver.

Husband of Linda (nee Floyd), he was the father of Patricia, Richard Jr., Joyce, Arthur, Dwayne, Lori, Roberta, Douglas and the late Deborah and Michelle; brother of Robert Salisbury, he is also survived by 20 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

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

Alice E. Schaufele

Alice E. Schaufele (nee Davies) died on Oct. 31 at St. Michael’s Hospital. She was 90.

Born in Kearny, she moved to North Arlington in 1971.

Private cremation was arranged through the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. A memorial service will be scheduled in the near future at The Living Gospel Baptist Church in Rutherford. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Wife of the late Walter Schaufele, Alice is survived by her daughter Alice Tooker, her grandsons Thomas, Kevin and Stephen Docherty and Michael Tooker and her great grandchildren Meghan, Kiera, Madeline, Caylin and Evelyn.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Mission Fund at the Living Gospel Baptist Church, 23 West Passaic Ave., Rutherford, N.J. 07070.

Ava Jolene Schwamberger

Ava Jolene Schwamberger was born on June 10, 2013. Sadly, she entered gently into eternal rest on October 28, 2013. She was cradled by her loving Mom and Dad.

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

Ava leaves behind many loving family members and friends who cared and prayed very hard for her during these last four months, especially her Mom and Dad, Brian Schwamberger and Starlette Pace and her grandparents John and Marion Schwamberger, Dawn Burke and Myrna and Benjamin Pace.

Ava was laid to rest in The Holy Innocence section of the mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to www.chargesyndrome.org.

Amelia Cherry Shields

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Mrs. Amelia Cherry Shields, 99, was the wife of the late Fred J. Shields, a 1936 Olympian in the sport of soccer.

She was also the sister of the late Chester P. Cherry and Edward F. Cherry. Amelia was the daughter of the late Walter and Cecelia (Nowak) Cherry. Mrs. Shields taught at Hillside Senior High School for 10 years and at Harrison High School for 28 years. She retired in 1982.

A Trenton State College graduate with a B.S. degree, Amelia also attended Rutgers University for her Master’s Degree. She was a member of the NJEA and NJREA. Amelia was named “Senior of the Year” by the Town of Harrison in 2009.

Born in Freeland, Pa., on April 2, 1914, she lived most of her life in Harrison.

Mrs. Shields died peacefully at home on Nov. 3. She was the mother of twins, Susan and Frederick (deceased) and a son, Ronald. She is survived by seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Viewing will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 2 to 8 p.m., at the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. Interment will be on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, following a 10 a.m. prayer service at the Mulligan Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Christina Zarrillo

Christina Zarrillo (nee Garippa), died Nov. 1 at home. She was 53.

Born in Newark, she lived many years in Kearny before moving to Harrison two years ago.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Relatives and friends are invited to return Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m., and her service will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. To leave an online condolence, please visit www. armitagewiggins.com.

Tina was married to Peter Zarrillo and has two daughters Jessica and Nicole. Daughter of Catherine (nee Martin) and the late Philip Garippa, she is survived by her brothers Michael and Joseph Garippa. She was predeceased by her sister Catherine Leadbeater.