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Obituaries

Margaret E. Kochell

Margaret E. Kochell, (nee Wood), 72, of Harrison, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, May 26, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Jersey City, Margaret was a lifelong resident of Harrison. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years and five months, John Kochell, loving sons, John and Kevin, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, seven sisters and three brothers. Margaret is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral was conducted by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral service was held in the funeral home. Her interment was in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Rose Krol

Rose Krol, (nee Roginski), 88, of Harrison, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, May 30.

Born in Harrison, she was a lifelong resident. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church and a member of the East Newark Seniors Citizens. In her free time, she enjoyed visiting Atlantic City.

Predeceased by her husband Karl Krol in 1977, she is survived by her brother Chester Roginski and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She is also survived by her dear friends Marisol Lazaro and Walter Szlarski. A

rrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Monday, June 3, and the funeral was followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, directions or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Robert F. Magullian

Robert F. Magullian died on May 27. He was 78. Bob lived many years in Kearny before moving to Ocean County in 1997.

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

Bob served in the U.S. Army and was a graduate of Rutgers University. He managed his family business, Magullian Heating and Cooling, for many years. He was past president of the West Hudson Hospital Board of Directors, he was also a member of Rotary and the West Hudson South Bergen Chamber of Commerce. Bob volunteered for The Salvation Army.

Husband of the late Frances (nee Mayhack), he was the father of Donna Magullian, Deborah Vecchio, Dawn Fernandes, John P. Reilly Jr., Carol DeOliveira, Christine Marquez, Laurie Horn and the late Robert B. Magullian. Brother of the late John, he is also survived by 19 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to St Jude’s Hospital or Wounded Warriors would be appreciated.

Ruth E. Manzi

Ruth E. Manzi, 84, of Toms River, passed away Nov. 2, 2012, at Hackensack Hospital in Hackensack.

Ruth was born in Green Land, N.H., and had resided in Hasbrouck Heights before moving to Toms River in 1980.

As a homemaker, Ruth loved taking care of her family, playing Bingo games and she had to be one of the biggest Yankee fans in history.

She was the wife of the late Albino who died June 2, 2000.

Surviving are her sons Anthony, Joseph, Raphael, Michael and her daughter Anne Marie; her sisters Florence Valhous, Edna Pantelakos and her nine cherished grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The family is receiving relatives and friends in a celebration of Ruth’s life, on Friday June 7 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Services will be 10 a.m. at Silverton Memorial Funeral Home, 2482 Church Rd., Toms River, with an internment of cremains at the New Jersey Veterans Cemetery, Wrightstown.

Sheila McGinn

Sheila McGinn (Gallagher) 75, died on May 28 in the Belgrove Post Acute Care Center, Kearny. Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.

A funeral Mass was offered in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny, on May 31, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Sheila was born in Scotland and came to this country in 1960 and lived in North Arlington. She later lived in Kearny for many years before moving back to North Arlington in 2003.

Mrs. McGinn was a secretary at West Hudson Hospital in Kearny for 28 years before retiring. She is survived by her husband John; children Maryanne Carson (Greg) Mark, Michael and John (Luzia); sister Kathleen Gallagher; granddaughter Julia McGinn and great-grandchildren Jayden and Dylan.

Shirley O’Rourke

Shirley O’Rourke (Tyrell), 82, died on May 25 at her home in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered in St. Cecilia Church, Kearny on May 29, followed by private cremation. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mrs. O’Rourke was born in Scranton, Pa., and has lived in Kearny for the last 50 years.

She was employed as an accounting clerk at Mutual Benefit in Newark for 15 years, retiring in 1990. She then went on to manage the cafeteria at St. Cecilia School in Kearny for five years. Shirley was a member of the St. Stephen’s Seniors in Kearny as well as a member of the East Newark Seniors.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years Joe; children Michael, Karen, Patricia Moran (George) and Jody; sisters Regina Harris and Lorraine Stefanic; grandchildren Christina, Nicole, Jason and Nicholas and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) would be appreciated.

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Steven Riley

Steven Richard Riley, 59, of Lorton, Va., passed away peacefully on May 6 at home after a long illness. A celebration of his life will be held in both Virginia and New Jersey in June.

Born in Newark, Steve grew up in Kearny, and graduated from Queen of Peace High School, where he excelled on the track team, held school records for many years after graduating, and was N.J. state champion in cross country at the pinnacle of his running career. He and his brother Gary could be seen running throughout North Arlington, constantly improving their craft. Steve received a full four-year scholarship to Georgetown University.

An accountant for many years before retiring, Steve is predeceased by his parents, Richard and Beverly (Lester). He is survived by his children, Erin and Sean, both of Va., his brother Gary of Santa Cruz, Calif., and his daughters Sara and Natalie, also of California, his sister Karen Riley O’Connor, her husband Kevin and son Owen of Nutley. He is also survived by his beloved nurse and friend, Isata. Her loving care is testament to his beating all the doctors’ predictions, with a little help from Steve’s endurance: a long distance runner in spirit to the end.

William F. Risano

William (Bill) Frederick Risano, 76, died Friday, May 17, in St. Michael’s Medical Center ICU, Newark, after a 22-year diligently waged war against prostate cancer. He was born April 1, 1937, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the youngest child of John Risano and wife Myrtle Slafer.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents and brother Richard. He is survived by his wife Ann Green of Harrison, his sister Liela Lombardo of Manassas, Va, his former wife Christine Risano of Livingston, their three children, Veronica Risano (Maciej Kapczynski) of Livingston, Valerie Risano (Jay Lambertus) of Montana and Peter Risano of Maine; by grandchildren Isabella and Sam Kapczynski; Julia Lambertus; Jeremy, Joshua, and Anastasia Risano; by nieces and nephews Lila Jividen, Leslie Ann Wiesenfeld; Lisa Parish and Richard Risano; and by four grandnieces and three grandnephews.

After graduating from St. John High School and Queens College, Bill did graduate work in philosophy at Duquesne University. He served in the Army Reserve and pursued a career as a computer analyst working for Woolworth, The Ford Foundation, EEO Services of Manhattan, his own company Rivendell Consulting, and other concerns. He was a kind and intelligent man with a unique sense of humor who deeply loved his family. His other interests included music, philosophy, and human rights.

The family thanks Dr. Ralph D’Agostino and Dr. Lillian Pliner for their caring, professional guidance.

Private services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. Cremation was private. A memorial service will be held toward the end of summer. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

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Ramon Melo Gonzalez

Ramon Melo Gonzalez died on May 16. He was 51.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny.

Ramon is married to Elena (Morel) and is the father of Elaine, Genesis and Lino. Also surviving are his mother Oliva and many siblings. Burial will be in the Dominican Republic.

Elizabeth A. (Beth) Higgins

Elizabeth A. Higgins peacefully passed away on May 14.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Interment was in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair.

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

Beth was born on Jan. 23, 1951, to Peter B. Higgins Jr. and Eilish B. Toner. She graduated from Holy Cross Elementary School, St. Vincent Academy and Kean College. Beth was a loving sister to Peter, Jack and Michael, devoted sister- in- law to Doreen, Terry and Mary Jean, and loving aunt to Brian, Karen, Kevin, Jack, Annie and Kate.

In 1979, Beth began her longtime service to the Town of Harrison. In 1986 she was appointed to the position of Municipal Treasurer for Harrison and the role of CFO was added in 1997. In addition, Beth was treasurer for the Harrison Redevelopment Agency in 2002 and the custodian of school funds for the Board of Education. From 2001 to 2010, Beth also served as the municipal treasurer and CFO for the Borough of East Newark. She retired from all of her positions in 2010 due to her illness.

Harrison Mayor Raymond McDonough said: “Beth was a great woman who loved the town and the people of Harrison. She put her heart and soul in her job and worked long hours. She brought her whole department into the 21st century. All the computers, data terminals were brought in by her. Beth had a big heart – she tried to help a lot of people. The whole Higgins family is a class act.”

Prior to her service to the citizens of Harrison, Beth worked for Motel 6 Corp. in California and Squire, Schilling & Skiff in Newark.

She served as treasurer for the Tax Collectors and Treasurers Association of New Jersey 2006-2010. She was also a member of the Tax Collector and Treasures Association of Essex, Hudson, Union and Passaic counties.

When not working, Beth spent much of her time in South Belmar/Lake Como enjoying the Jersey Shore with her family. Beth is predeceased by her father Peter B. Higgins Jr, mother Eilish B. Higgins (nee Toner), brother Peter B. Higgins III, and sister-in-law Terry Spano. Her spirit will live on in those who survive her: brothers Jack of Roseland, and Michael of Emmaus, Pa., her sisters-in-law Doreen Higgins, of Lake Como, and Mary Jean Higgins, of Emmaus, Pa., her nephew Brian and his wife Karen of Macungie, Pa., Kevin of Lake Como, Jack and his wife Anne of High Bridge and her niece Kate of Bethlehem, Pa., and her great-nephews Zack, Timmy, Sean and Daniel. She will also be greatly missed by her aunts, Catherine Hayner, of Verona and Helen Robinson, of Lakewood, and many cousins. In the last years of her life she received loving care from her brothers and sisters-in-law as well as her dear cousin Patti Gerris.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Beth’s name to Camp Fatima of New Jersey, P.O. Box 654, Harrison, N.J. 07029 or c/o Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, N.J. 07029.

Veronica Kaduscwicz

Veronica Kaduscwicz, (nee Doyle) 82, of Kearny, died on May 11.

Beloved wife of the late John Kaduscwicz, she was the devoted mother of John, Ronald and Michael Kaduscwicz, Mrs. Nancy Lo Bianco and her husband William, and Mrs. Maureen Harris; cherished grandmother of Kimberly, Ronald, Nicole, Pamela, Kenneth, Lindsay, Crystal, Lisa, and Jeffrey and great- grandmother of Thomas, Jason, Alexandra, Trinity and Vincent; dear sister of the late Dorothy McBride, Joan Malinowski, John Doyle, Margaret Alfano, and Patrick Doyle and mother-in-law of the late Maureen, Judith, Lorraine and Michael.

Born in Kearny, she lived in Harrison before moving to Kearny in 1980.

Veronica was a homemaker. Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny on Wednesday, May 15. Her interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, c/o the funeral home in memory of Veronica.

Brunette Kahn Mallon

Brunette Kahn Mallon, 80, passed away peacefully on May 17.

She grew up in Kearny, prior to moving to West Orange 52 years ago. She was a loving and caring person. She enjoyed people and found her calling as the social director at Sun Valley Swim Club, Cabana Club and finally at Daughters of Israel.

Brunette was the president of the Jewish War Veterans Post 538, named for her brother Sanford L. Kahn. She was involved in veterans’ causes throughout her life. These activities included visiting VA hospitals as well as decorating the graves of veterans.

Predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Heywood, she is survived by her three children: Manette (Jeffrey) Scheininger, Alette (Keith) Slobodien, and Sanford (Pam) Mallon. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Daniel and Ava Scheininger, Michael and AJ Mallon, and Sayde, Rachel, and Harrison Solobodien, as well as her “brother” Sidney Weiss.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 20, at Temple B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills. Interment was at B’nai Jeshurun Cemetery, Hillside.

Donations in her memory can be made to Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills. Arrangements were by Bernheim- Apter-Kreitzman Suburan Funeral Chapel, Livingston.

Lynn Catherine Olson

Lynn Catherine Olson, 65, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, May 17.

Born in Newark, she was the daughter of Clifford Olson and the l ate Catherine Smith Olson. Lynn was a member of St. Agnes Episcopal Church.

In addition to her father, she is survived by a goddaughter, Regina Mascellino.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, Franklin, N.C. The Rev. Dori Pratt will officiate. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Agnes Episcopal Church, c/o Karen Welch, 84 Church St., Franklin, N.C. 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Obituaries

Concetta T. Arnone

Concetta T. Arnone died May 3 at home. She was 85.

Born in Kearny, she was a lifelong resident prior to moving to Georgia five 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, Kearny, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Concetta was a retired clerk from Prudential Insurance Company and was Bingo assistant at St. Cecilia’s Church.

Sister of Mary Elizabeth Gattone and the late Caroline Jerry, she was also the aunt of Dr. Garri-Anne Jerry Austin, Paul Jerry and Bernadette Dolan Jerry; also surviving are her great nephews JD and Charlie Jerry.

Mary Anna Malecki

Mary Anna Malecki ( nee Cebula ), 90, died Sunday, May 5, at the Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.

Born in Dupont, Pa., she lived in North Arlington since 1955.

She worked as a light bulb maker for General Electric in Newark for nine years before retiring in 1956. She was a member of the North Arlington Senior Citizens. Mary loved cooking and canning and spending time with her wonderful neighbors.

She was the beloved wife of the late Fred C. Malecki, the devoted mother of Dolores Spivack and her husband Paul, the cherished grandmother of Michael, Anne and Jonathan Spivack , the loving aunt of Nancy Faulent, Mary Ann Massina and many other nieces and nephews, the adored friend of Janina Dorosczyk and the dear neighbor of the Iannacone family.

The funeral was from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Rd., North Arlington on Friday, May 10, at 11 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, at noon, followed by entombment Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.

Elisa Prystauk

Elisa Ravo Boucher Prystauk, 77, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May 6, surrounded by her loving family. A funeral service was held on Thursday, May 9, at 11 a.m. at the Norman Dean Home For Services, 16 Righter Ave, Denville. Interment followed at the Denville Cemetery. Visiting hours were he ld on Wednesday, May 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. For further information, or to send a message of condolence, please go to www.normandean.com.

Born in Newark, Elisa lived in Kearny most of her life. She married William Prystauk in 1951 and the couple started their family. Elisa was an exceptional mother and homemaker. She worked at Bamberger’s in Newark when her children were young and then at Ben Franklin in Kearny. In her spare time she enjoyed reading and crocheting blankets and dolls for her family and friends.

Predeceased by her husband William, her mother Elvira Ravo and her brothers Nelson and David; she is survived by her loving children Helen (Harry Anderson), Elissa (Peter Spero), William Jr., Mark (Brenna Krause), and Ana LaTournous (Allen); her grandchildren Allen James and Adam LaTournous; sisters Alberta Burns (Ron) and Elvira Ravo; brother Ron Boucher; and many other loving relatives caretakers and friends.

Richard A. Richardson

Richard A. Richardson entered into eternal rest on May 5 at home. He was 74.

Born in East Orange, he lived many years in Kearny before moving to Watchung in 1992.

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

Rich served in the Army from 1964 until 1969 and was a retired marketing director from Federal Pacific Electric in Newark.

Beloved husband of Anne (nee Sheldrick), he was the son of the late William and Helen Richardson and the late William Ott. He is survived by his loving sons and their wives Stephen and Maria Richardson and Michael and Sandra Richardson, his brother Frederick and his cherished grandchildren Alyssa, Brittany and Hannah. He was predeceased by his brother Bill. Rich also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

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

Mary Louise Witt

Mary Louise Witt (nee Jardin) died, surrounded by her loving family, on May 7 at home. She was 69.

Born in Newark, she lived most of her life in Kearny.

A funeral Mass was held in St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, with burial following at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mary was a retired secretary from American Strip Steel in Kearny and enjoyed her trips to Atlantic City.

Beloved wife of Thomas C. Witt, she is survived by her children and their spouses Thomas and Maureen Witt, Kenneth and Marianne Witt, Sandra and James Hodnet and Joseph and Jeannie Witt. Sister of Manny Jardin and Rosemarie Alves she is also survived by her grandchildren Kenny, Thomas, Jimmy, Allyssa, Haylee, Travis, Joey and Trayton along with many nieces and nephews.

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

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Wayne T. Creech

Wayne T. Creech, 62, died on May 2 in the St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston.

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

Wayne was born in Irvington and was a lifelong resident of Kearny. He earned a B.A. in history from Montclair State University.

Mr. Creech was employed as for Prudential in Newark for the last 42 years, most recently as Senior Associate, Actuarial.

Wayne was very close to the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington. He proudly served as the church sexton since 1986 and was a member of the chancel choir, as well as a supervisor at the Presbyterian Boys and Girls Club. Wayne was also a member of the Associated Humane Society, the LVA of West Hudson and volunteered at St. John’s Soup Kitchen in Newark.

He is survived by his beloved wife Diane (Sutton), his sister-in-law Susan and brother- in-laws David, Paul, Leslie and Jeffrey Sutton; mother-in-law Anna Sutton as well as his cousins Lloyd, Todd, Bradley and Marsha Domke.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to any one of Wayne’s memberships would be appreciated.

Carol L. Curtis

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Carol L. Curtis, 89, a longtime resident of Kearny passed away peacefully on May 3.

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.

Born in East Orange, Carol graduated from Clifford J. Scott High School, East Orange and attended Centenary College, Hackettstown. During World War II, she was employed as an instrument tester at the Thomas A. Edison factory, West Orange. She married Army Air Corps 1st Lt. Llewellyn Curtis in 1943.

While living in Kearny, she was vice president of the Republican Party and actively participated in local and national elections. She was a member of the Kearny Library Board for six years.

Carol and her husband Lew gave many lively piano and violin recitals for young people at their home. They both were members of the Montclair Music Club which supported many young musicians. During the 1980’s they performed with The Harmony Steppers, a music and dance group that gave free performances at nursing homes in New Jersey.

She is the beloved wife of 57 years of the late Llewellyn Curtis. She will be dearly missed by her son Taylor Curtis. She was predeceased by her other son Jeff Curtis and her sister Doris Ledford. She is also survived by friends and relatives.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease or the Susan G. Komen Foundation would be appreciated.

Lorenza Gassert

Lorenza (Miranda) Gassert, 77, of West Orange, died Thursday, May 2.

Born in Newark, she resided in Kearny and East Hanover before moving to West Orange 10 years ago.

Lorenza was employed as a catering specialist for Miteloa Deli in East Hanover for 12 years prior to her retirement. Previously, she was employed as a crossing guard for the Kearny Police Department, serving as shop steward and crossing guard union representative.

Lorenza was a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Church in East Hanover and a member of the church’s Rosarian Society.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Gassert, by two brothers, James and Frankie Miranda and by a sister, Phillis Shriver. Lorenza is survived by a son, Chuck Gassert of Annapolis, Md., three daughters, Doreen Kiall and husband, Charles of Freehold, Charlene White and husband, Thomas of Chesapeake, Va. and Catherine Alanko and husband, Tracy of Riga, Mich., 12 grandchildren, a great-grandchild and a sister, Nancy Campbell of Wharton.

Funeral services will begin 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, at Hancliffe Home for Funerals, 222 Ridgedale Ave., East Hanover, with a 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.

Dorothy Jane Reid

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Dorothy Jane (Shurr) Reid, 83, of Bonita Springs, Fla., formerly of Kearny, passed away peacefully at Life Care Center of Estero, Fla. surrounded by her family on Sunday, April 14.

She was born June 5, 1929 in Newark, the daughter of John and Jane (Herlihey) Shurr.

She was the beloved wife of James C. Reid, her devoted husband of 62 years. She is survived by her loving children James (Hannah) Reid Jr., Jane (Bob) Hurley, Diane (Jim) Pettigrew, William (Anne) Reid, and Christopher (Lauren) Reid and six grandchildren, Kristen, Jennifer, Ryan, Kyle, William and Jack. She was predeceased by her brother Vincent.

Dorothy was a real estate broker employed by Borgos and Borgos Realtors in Kearny, NJ for 15 years and was the Director of the St. Stephen’s School CCD program for 25 years. She and her husband, Jim, were also members of the Arlington Players Club.

A memorial service, currently pending at St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny, will be announced soon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Alvin S. Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center, 12468 Brantley Commons Court, Fort Myers, Fla. 33907. Online condolences may be made at www.gendronfuneralhome.com.

Stanley Szymanski

Stanley Szymanski died on April 28 in the home of his daughter. He was 82.

Born in Newark, Stanley lived many years in Kearny before moving to Bethlehem, Pa.

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

Stanley served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Harrisburg American Legion. He was a member of the Teamsters and was a retired truck driver. He loved all animals and was an avid bowler and pool player.

Husband of Anna (nee Burke), he is survived by his children and their spouses Stanley and Cathy, Alan and Valerie, Debbie and Joe Re, Donna and Jim Camargo, Glenn and Kathleen and Bob Wydro. Brother of Bernice Malley and the late Chester and Raymond, he is also survived by his grandchildren Conor, Aeden, Christopher, Jillienne, Jared, Daniel, Cameron, Monica, Gabrielle, Patrick, Kathleen and Shannon. He was predeceased by his pal Max.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the ASPCA.

Evelyn Yarze

Evelyn (Lane) Yarze, 82, died on April 30 at her home in Kearny.

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

Mrs. Yarze was born in Newark and lived in Union before moving to Kearny 25 years ago.

She was a secretary at Westinghouse in Newark for many years before retiring. Evelyn is survived by many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews. She was a kind and gentle soul who was a lover of animals and will be missed by Rosie her dog and her two cats Brat and Mommy.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Humane Society (www.humanesociety.org) in Evelyn’s memory would be appreciated.

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Evelyn R. Bauer

Evelyn R. Bauer died on April 22 at West Hudson Extended Care in Kearny. She was 90.

Born in Newark, she was a lifelong Kearny resident.

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

Evelyn was a dental assistant for Dr. Pittman in Kearny for 36 years. She retired in 1993. She was an active member of Oakwood Baptist Church, Kearny.

Surviving are her sister Marian G. Weiss and her nieces and nephews Geraldine Husth, Dolores M. Woupes, Willard G. Weiss, Jr. and Peter R. Weiss along with their families.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Alzheimer’s Research.

Drew J. Coll

Andy of Andy’s Towing (Drew J. Coll), 58, passed away peacefully at his home in Belleville surrounded by his loving family and friends on Wednesday, April 24.

The funeral was conducted by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave. Harrison. A funeral service was held in the funeral home. His interment was in Gate of Heaven, East Hanover. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Drew was a lifelong resident of Belleville. He graciously donated his skills and time to many organizations.

Predeceased by his parents John L. and Virginia Coll, Drew is survived by his beloved wife Yvette Coll (nee Laver), his loving stepson Thomas Laver and stepdaughters Danielle and Kelsey Graham.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the East Newark Volunteer Fire Department c/o the funeral home in loving memory of Drew.

Edward G. Devlin

Edward G. Devlin, 83, died on April 26 in the Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

The funeral will be from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Tuesday, April 30, at 9 a.m. A funeral Mass will be offered in St. Cecilia Church, Kearny at 10 a.m. Cremation will be private. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

He was born in Johnstone, Scotland and immigrated to Kearny in 1964.

Edward was a maintenance worker for Bell Telephone in Newark for 30 years before retiring in 1995.

Mr. Devlin was a proud member of the Irish American Club and the Scots-American Athletic Club, both of Kearny.

Edward is survived by his children Elaine Synnott (Kevin) and John Devlin; his sister Alice Kane as well as 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Margaret (Hunter) and his son Edward Devlin, Jr.

In lieu of flowers. contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research hospital would be appreciated. Please visit www.stjude.org.

Salvatore Marotti

Salvatore Marotti, 86, died on April 25 at his home.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he lived in North Arlington since 1966.

He worked as a stock broker for Merrill Lynch in New York City for 40 years before retiring in 1990.

He served from 1945 to 1951 in the United States 1st Marine Division “China Marines.” He was a member of the Marine Corps League, West Hudson Detachment # 209 in Kearny where he served as Historian and Eagle Scout Chairman. Mr. Marotti was actively involved with the Eagle Scouts in North Arlington and Rutherford.

He was the beloved husband of the late Theresa ( nee Colomina ), the devoted father of Timothy Marotti, Pamela Kearns, Cynthia Tarantino and Douglas Marotti, the loving father-in-law of Thomas Tarantino, Donna MacMillan Marotti and Dori Zintel, the cherished grandfather of Robert and Jeffrey Kearns, Jamie and Jenny Marotti, Olivia, Julia and Thomas Tarantino and Jaclyn MacMillan, the adored great-grandfather of Robert and Salvatore Kearns and the dear brother of Catherine Guglielmo, Dominic, Anthony and Latif Marotti.

The funeral service was held at the Parow Funeral Home 185 Ridge Rd., North Arlington on Sunday, April 28, at 11 a.m., followed by private cremation. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Marine Corps League, West Hudson Detachment, 286 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, N.J. 07032 in his memory.

Blanca L. Valdes

Blanca L. Valdes, (Blanca L. Viejo), 100, passed away peacefully at home in Harrison surrounded by her loving family on April 17. Born in Camaguey, Cuba she came to the United States in 1958 and lived in Newark, and then Harrison for 30 years.

Blanca is survived by her loving children Nelson Garcia, Miriam Garcia, Maria Correa, eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and two great-great- grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Lina Viejo.

Private services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Newark. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www. mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Obituaries

Irene Almeida

Irene Almeida (nee Moraes) died on April 15in St. Barnabas Hospital. She was 81.

Born in Newark, she lived in Kearny before moving to North Arlington 15 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, Kearny, followed by a private cremation. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Irene was the wife of Eugene Almeida and is survived by her children and their spouses Bernadette and Frederick Trovato, Diane Almeida and Victor and Susan Almeida. Also surviving are her grandchildren Daniel, Sarah, Victor, Olivia, Alec and Sophia.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Barnabas Hospice.

Eugene J. Coughlin

Eugene J. Coughlin died on April 14 in Clara Maass Hospital. He was 72.

Born in Jersey City, he lived in Keansburg before moving to Kearny eighteen 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 a private cremation. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Eugene is survived by his wife Arlene Nice, his children Audra Phillips, Eugene, Donald, Matthew and Alan Coughlin and his stepdaughter Lori Nice. Brother of Edward, Joseph and Thomas Coughlin, he is also survived by his grandchildren Alexis, Michael, Chrissy, Olivia, Amanda, Allen and Stephanie. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Lusgarten Foundation.

Calvin Dempsey

Graveside services for Calvin Dempsey, 61, was held on Saturday, April 20, at Holy Cross Cemetery at noon. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny.

Deborah Ann Ferriero

Deborah Ann Ferriero (nee Ferris), 58, died on April 19 at home, surrounded by her family after a two year battle with cancer.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny.

Deborah lived in Kearny and Keansburg before returning to Kearny. She was a clerk at the Kearny Shop- Rite. She enjoyed traveling and visiting England and Venezuela.

She is the beloved daughter of Ann Sabestinas Ferris and the late John Ferris Jr. She is the mother of Michael (Georgina) Ferriero of Pennsylvania and Lisa Ferriero at home; sister of John (Annabelle) and Kenneth (Karolyn) Ferris and the late Kathleen Ferris; aunt of Timothy, Sean, Kenneth and Kaitlyn Ferris and Ozzie (Estella) Perez; cousin of Patricia, Elizabeth, Theresa and Charles Carpenter, Anthony Sabestinas and many other cousins. She is the former wife of Peter Ferriero whom she remained close to as they raised their children.

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

Robert J. Frank

Robert J. Frank, 79, of Kearny, passed away on Friday, April 19, at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville. He was born in Newark and was a Kearny resident for 46 years.

He is retired from the Ace Termite Control, of Kearny. He was an exterminator for 30 years. He served three terms in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and was honorably discharged. He was a member of VFW Post 1302 of Kearny.

Devoted husband of Elizabeth M. (nee Riley), he was the loving father of Mrs. Patricia Louk and her husband George, Robert W. Frank and his wife Patricia and William Frank and his wife Jacqueline; dearest grandfather of eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are welcome to attend the funeral Mass on Tuesday, April 23, at 9 a.m., at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny, from the Shaw-Buyus Home for Services, 138 Davis Ave., corner of Bergen Avenue. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, contribution to the “Wounded Warriors” would be appreciated. Visit www.buyusfuneralhome.com.

John C. Munley

John C. Munley died on April 16 at home. He was 62.

Born in Newark, he lived many years 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.

John was a laborer for the Town of Kearny. He was in the Army from 1968 until 1970. He was a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion and was a charter member of Club Heineken, all in Kearny.

He is survived by his siblings Joseph and Victoria Munley, Caroline Battisti, Ted Munley, Catherine Durr and Albie Munley, along with many nieces and nephews and their families.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to V.F.W. Post 1302 in Kearny.

Thomas A. Walsh

Thomas A. Walsh, 86, of North Arlington, died on April 18.

A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Mourners will meet at the church on Tuesday.

Mr. Walsh was an insurance agent for the John Hancock Insurance Company for 30 years, retiring in 1985. He was a 3rd Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Queen of Peace Church. He was a CCD instructor and parishioner at Queen of Peace Church. Prior to his marriage he attended Most Holy Trinity Seminary, Silver Spring, Md.

He is the beloved husband of Carmen Beuvenutti Walsh for 50 years, father of Marie (Bill) Sevcik, Thomas, Jon and the late Mark Walsh and grandfather of four grandchildren.

Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. To send condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Obituaries

Russell Cespedes

Russell Cespedes “Jose A.”, 22, of Kearny died on April 12.

Son of Jose E. Cespedes and Sandra Getler, he was the grandson of Jose and Rosa Cespedes, nephew of Will Cespedes and Ann Marie Schulte, great-nephew of Concepcion Rosales, brother of George Gonzalez, maternal grandson of Luz Alvarez and maternal nephew of Enma, Patty and Maria.

Visiting will be Tuesday, April 16, at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny from 4 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Russell was a very accomplished young man. A lifelong Kearny resident, he graduated from Kearny High School with High Honors in 2008. He was inducted into the National Honor Society and was editor of the school newspaper. While in high school, he wrote for The Observer. Upon graduation, he went on to attend the prestigious Bowdoin College in Maine. Russell carried a double major, history and government, and minored in film. There he had many friends and was active in numerous clubs. He enjoyed co-hosting his own radio program on campus called “The Right Hour.”

Russell planned one day to attend law school. He was very passionate about politics, history and government. Shortly before his illness, Russell worked as an intern for a senatorial campaign. He embraced this opportunity with excitement, honor and pride. He felt this was his small way to give back to his country that he loved so very much. Russell was a great American. He, beloved by all, will be deeply missed by his family and friends. In the words of his father “He was an angel here on earth and now he is our angel in Heaven.”

Judith De Angelo

Judith “Judy” De Angelo, 50, died on April 11 at Hunterdon Medical Center.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Joseph’s Church, Jersey City, followed by interment in Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City.

Born in Jersey City, Judy lived most of her life in Clinton.

Daughter of the late Anthony and Eleanor Conk De Angelo, she is the sister of Joan (John) Josso, Linda (Chris) Kelley and her twin brother Thomas (Shana) De Angelo. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews Melissa, Brian, Steven, Anthony, Amanda and Matthew.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hunterdon Developmental Center Cottage 10, 40 Pittstown Road Clinton, N.J. 08809 would be appreciated.

Virginia A. Evert

Virginia A. Evert (nee Aiello), of Kearny, died on April 14 in The St. Cloud Health Care Center in West Orange. She was 89.

Visiting will be on Wednesday, April 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, April 18, at 10 a.m. in St. Cecilia’s Church and followed by entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Virginia is the wife of the late Herbert D. Evert and is survived by her children and their spouses Patricia M., Daniel P. and Judy, Donald R. and Pamela, Cary R. and Stephanie and Tracey A. Evert. She is also survived by her grandchildren Kristin, Adam, Jeremy, Jamison, Alex, Harrison and Colin along with several great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her granddaughter Jordon.

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

Richard S. Pegram

Richard S. Pegram, 78, of Bracey, Va., (formerly of Kearny), husband of Joan (Tomasieski), passed away peacefully at home on April 8.

Predeceased by daughter Linda, he is survived by children Mary Jo Conley, Rick Pegram, Diane Dunn, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and brother Charles Pegram.

Richard served in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Captain from the Kearny Fire Department. He was a member of the Lake Gaston Volunteer Fire Department in Bracey, Va. He will be remembered for his love of food, fishing and for his sense of humor.

Cremation services were private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Lake Gaston Fire Department, 7609 Highway 903, Bracey, Va. 23919.

Andrew T. Smillie

Andrew T. Smillie, 87, of Budd Lake, died on Monday, April 8, at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.

Born in Kilmarnock, Scotland, on May 18, 1925, he was the son of the late James and Fanny (Haughie) Smillie. He is survived by his wife, Josephine (Kirk) Smillie.

Andrew lived in Budd Lake for 18 years coming from Kearny. Andrew was a brick layer for Brick Layers and Allied Crafts, Local BAC # 4, Fairfield. He served with the British Royal Marines.

Andrew was of the Presbyterian faith; member of Union Local # 4; he was an avid reader, enjoyed crosswords, loved walking and being outdoors and discovering nature; he enjoyed spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, Josephine, Andrew is survived by a son, Robert Smillie; three daughters, Margaret and husband Robert Defuria; Frances and husband Pascal Berini and Jo-Anne and husband Tony Chudley; two sisters, Ina McClure and Stella Spence; six grandchildren, Robert and wife Alison, Nicole, Alyson, Anthony, Justin and Nicholas; three great grandchildren, Aedan, Emily, Aine; sister-in-law Jessie Smillie; predeceased by three brothers, James, Robert and William; predeceased by seven sisters, Isa, Grace, Greta, Mary, Frances, Margaret and Mae.

Arrangements were by the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown. A funeral service was held in the funeral home, followed by private interment.

Henrietta Thomson

Henrietta Thomson died on April 5 at the Elmcroft Assisted Living in Xenia, Ohio. She was 99.

Born in Johnston, Scotland, she lived in Kearny and Wayne before moving to Ohio 18 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 at Arlington Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Henrietta and her late husband John Thomson were very involved with the Kearny Bible Chapel.

She is survived by her children Dr. Robert S. Thomson, Dr. John Thomson and Henrietta E. Henderson, eight grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Obituaries

Maria S. Alfaro

Maria S. Alfaro, 87, passed away peacefully at home in Harrison surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, April 4.

Born in Granada, Nicaragua she came to the United States in 1986 and lived in Harrison.

Maria is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, Manuel Alfaro, Sr., her loving children Manuel Alfaro, Jr., Maria Alfaro, Alba Eraso and Sandra Alfaro, and cherished grandchildren Irwin Miranda, Robert Eraso, and Cindy and Sodelba Alfaro.

The funeral was conducted by the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral service was held in the funeral home on Sunday, April 7. Her interment will take place in Granada Municipal Cemetery, Granada, Nicaragua. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Sally Berg

Sally Berg (nee Corbett) died on April 6 at the Madison Center in Matawan. She was 89.

She lived many years in Kearny before moving to Pennsylvania where she managed the Indian Mountain Lake Motel in Kresgeville, Pa.

She retired to Bloomfield and moved to Matawan three years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Burial will be on Tuesday, April 9, at Buena Vista Cemetery in Brodheadsville, Pa.

To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Sally, was a member of the Park United Methodist Church, where she was always a ready volunteer.

Wife of the late Walter, she is survived by her children and their spouses Walter Berg, Jr. and Lillian Cowan Hague “Cookie” and her husband Bob, Marjorie Breuer and her husband Bill . She was predeceased by her son Gregory “Chip” Berg. Also surviving are her seven grand and 10 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, kindly considre a donation to Alzheimers Research. Visit: www.alz.org.

Gladimir Dossantos

Gladimir Dossantos died on March 31 in St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark. He was 54.

Born in Brazil, he lived in Florida.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., in Kearny. Cremation was handled privately.

John Hopton

John Hopton died on April 1at the home of his daughter Cheryl. He was 91.

Born in Leslie, Scotland he lived in Carbondale, Pa., before moving to Kearny 68 years ago.

Private cremation was handled by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home. His ashes will be buried alongside his wife Elaine in Waymart, Pa. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mr. Hopton was stationary engineer at Essex County Community College for many years. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 68.

Husband of the late Elaine (nee Minor), he is survived by his daughters Cheryl Todd, Holly LaBrode and Denise Wiggins. Brother of Phyllis DuBoise and the late Linda Teschic, he is also survived by seven grand and 11 greatgrandchildren.

Walter Kelly

Walter “Sonny” Kelly passed away on Thursday, March 28 in Fort Worth, Texas.

He was born in Kearny and moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 2007.

Preceeded in death by his beloved wife, Janet. He is survived by four children Robert, Michael, Susan and Julie Ann; nine grandchildren; Robert, Michael, Joseph, Bryan, Alexis, John, Nicole, Gabrielle and Kyle; and Best Buddy “Jersey” aka “Blackie.”

Family memorial was held in Fort Worth, Texas on April 1. The family requests that friends make a donation to the American Heart Association in memory of Walter.

Josephine B. Luminiello

Josephine B. Luminiello (nee Stankiwicz) died on April 1 in the Gulf Coast Memorial Hospital in Florida. She was 95.

Born in Harrison, she lived many years in Kearny before moving to Florida three years ago.

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

Wife of the late Samuel, Josephine is survived by her children and their spouses Joseph A. and Betty Luminiello, Theresa and Thomas Carbine and Richard and Debbie Luminiello. Sister of Stella Churchy and Leo Stankiwicz she is also survived by seven grand and 11 great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth T. Magher

Miss Elizabeth “Betty” T. Magher, formerly of Kearny, died on Easter Sunday. She was 93.

The funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Betty had been employed for 45 years by the Peoples Security Savings and Loan of Harrison where she served as vice president and manager and also, as a member of the Board of Directors before retiring. She was a past president of the Woman’s Association of Savings and Loan officers of New Jersey.

She was also a member and past president of the Cecilian Seniors of Kearny and later served as a trustee and tour director for the Cecilians. She had been a member of the St. Stephen’s Rosary Society as well.

Betty was predeceased by her parents Robert and Elizabeth Magher; her siblings, Maureen and Robert Magher and her niece and nephew, Patricia and Robert Magher, III. Surviving are her niece Mary Robin Magher and her nephew, Michael Magher.

Rosemarie Maslag

Rosemarie (nee Pacino) Maslag entered into rest on April 2 at The Bristol Manor. She was 70.

Born in Newark, she lived many years in Kearny before moving to North Arlington 12 years ago.

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

Rosemarie was the wife of the late Karl Maslag and is survived by her sons and their wives Francis and Sandra, Alfred and Renee and Carl and Danielle Maslag; sister of Felis Verona and the late Benito Pacino, Mary Cagno, Salvadore Pacino and Carmelle Pacino. Also surviving are her grandchildren Joshua, Jacob, Alexandria, Charles, Regina, Jonathan, Luke and Noah. In lieu of flowers kindly make a donation to National M.S. Society www.nationalmssociety.org.

Thomas F. O’Leary

Thomas F. O’Leary died on March 31 at the N.J. Firemen’s home in Booton. He was 77.

Born in Jersey City, he lived many years in North Arlington.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To view his complete obituary or leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Tom was a retired manager from Verizon in Newark and was a life member of The Telephone Pioneers of America. He was a member of North Arlington Hose Company #1 for 25 years. and is a life member of both the N.J. State Exempts and the Volunteer Fire Association. He served as housing and fire inspector in North Arlington for 10 years and was a member of Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus.

Tom is the husband of the late Eileen (nee Long) and father of the late Tommy O’Leary. He is survived by his daughters and their husbands Sheila and Brian Dick and Sharon and Tim Tucker and his daughter-in-law Cecilia O’Shea. Brother of Joseph and Catherine, he is also survived by his grandchildren Brian, Bridget, Breann, Elizabeth, Patrick and Kelly.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Thomas O’Leary Fund at www.qphs.org/ giving.htm in memory of his son Tommy.

Stephen J. Puzzo

Stephen J. Puzzo died on April 2 in the Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune. He was 69.

Born in Newark, he lived at various Jersey Shore communities before moving to Florida six years ago.

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

Stephen is a retired electrician from the Passaic Valley Sewage Authority. He was a member of I.B.E.W. Local 1158.

He is survived by his cherished sons Stephen and Philip Puzzo and his daughter Debbie Longo and was the loving brother of Charles Puzzo, Sissy Jeffreys, Anna Arena, Anthony Puzzo, Dee Dee Gerrish and Delores Ezekian. Also surviving are his beloved grandchildren Melissa, Anthony, Sonny, Stevie and Kayla.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Pulmonary Fibrosis research. www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org.

Linda A. Santiago

Linda A. Santiago (nee Mather) entered into eternal life on April 5, after a courageous battle against breast cancer. She was 53.

Born in East Orange, she was a lifelong Kearny resident.

Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, April 9, at 10:30 am in St. Stephens Church. She will then be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, with her beloved daughter Claire “bear”. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Linda is survived by her cherished daughter Evelyn Santiago and her husband Bobby Rosa and her loving sister and brother Alice M. Zeller and George Mather. She was predeceased by her parents George and Florence (nee Sroka) Mather and her sister Marilyn.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. www.tnbcfoundation.org.

Letitia Craig Wolff

Mrs. Letitia Craig Wolff, 75, died on Monday, March 18, at Carrington Place Nursing Home, Matthews, N.C.

A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, 16 Church Square, Harrison.

Mrs. Wolff was born on August 2, 1937 in Scotland, the daughter of the late Joe and Mary Green. She was a retired inspector with the General Motors Corporation. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wolff was preceded in death by her brothers Joe Green and John Green.

Mrs. Wolff is survived by her husband, Harry Wolff; daughter Mary Jo Green and husband, Grant; and by her sisters Mary Herd and Eileen Green.

Obituaries

Catherine Bonome

Catherine Bonome passed away on March 25 at University Hospital in Newark. She was 39. She lived most of her life in Kearny.

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

Catherine had been a U. S. Customs Agent in Newark before developing health issues several years ago.

Cherished daughter of Emily (nee Waters) and the late Andrew Bonome, she is sister of the late John and is survived by her aunts and uncles Louise (nee Bonome) and Pedro Vasquez and Catherine and Daniel Parylack along with her cousins Lucia Vasquez and Daniel and Michael Parylack.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude’s Hospital would be appreciated.

Emily Caputo

Emily Caputo (nee Leoni), 86, died March 25, 2013 at the Columbus Hospital LTACH, Newark.

Born in Jersey City, she lived in Jersey City before moving to North Arlington 35 years ago.

She was a cafeteria worker at Queen of Peace High School, North Arlington from 1988 to 2012. Previously she worked for Fedway Associates in Kearny as a computer operator for 30 years.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert A., the cherished mother of Judith A. Kirsten and her husband Robert P. of Jackson, and Robert A. Caputo of North Arlington, the adored grandmother of Linda Vecolitis and her husband Anthony, David Sullivan and his wife Jennifer, Steven, Bryan and Jeffrey Caputo and their mother, Linda Caputo, Mark Kirsten and his wife Jan, Todd Kirsten and his wife Amanda, the loving great grandmother of Jason, Ryan, Tyler, Mattew, Samantha and Emily, and the dear aunt of many nieces and nephews.

The funeral was from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington, on Tuesday, April 2, with a funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. The interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Donations in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, N.J. 08691.

Joseph N. Fugaro

Joseph N. Fugaro died on March 29 in St. Peter’s Hospital in New Brunswick. He was 94.

Born in Jersey City, he lived in Kearny for 68 years.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, April 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 3, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mr. Fugaro was a WWII veteran and took part of The “D” day invasion. He was a Purple Heart recipient and was a member of the West Hudson South Bergen D.A.V. Chapter 25. Joe was a retired machine repairman from Parker-Kalon in Clifton. He previously worked for Acme Tool.

Husband of the late Yolanda (nee Scerbo), he is survived by his son Joseph, his daughter Karen E. and her husband Larry Poirier. His daughter-in-law, Louise, died only two weeks ago.

Also surviving are his grandchildren Natalie (Billy) Crisafulli, Keith (Kristen) and Lauren and his great grandchildren Vincent and Juliette.

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

Helena C. Gardner

Helena C. Gardner (Cole), 87, died on Monday, March 25, at her home in North Arlington.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. The funeral service was held in the First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford, followed by interment at Arlington Cemetery, Kearny.

Helena was born in Washington D.C. and has lived in North Arlington for the last 58 years.

She was employed in the Accounts Receivable Department for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. in New York City for 20 years retiring 25 years ago.

Helena is survived by her children Catherine Gardner- Franco (Robert); Phyllis Tillou (Edwin) and Thomas R. Gardner; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert T. Gardner and her daughter Janette Gardner.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org or to the First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford.

Claire Chambers Grieve

Claire Chambers Grieve, 91, a resident of Hackettstown, and formerly of Kennebunk, Maine died on March 26 at the House of the Good Shepherd after a long illness.

Claire was born in New York City on December 4, 1921 a daughter of Joseph P. and Florence (Kraus) Chambers, was graduated from Wadleigh High School in New York City and the College of Mt. Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York.

She married to John Grieve in 1948 and was a homemaker for most of her life.

Her faith was an important part if Claire’s life, as such, she was a member of St. Mark The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Hackettstown, and a former member of the Holy Spirit Parish at St. Martha’s Church of Kennebunk. In her active years, she was a member of Webhannet Club of Kennebunk and the Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Book Clubs.

Claire was predeceased by her husband John Grieve who died in 2008. Claire is survived by a daughter Eileen Stokes and her husband Robert of Port Murray and three grandchildren R. Christopher Stokes, John Andrew Stokes and Brendan Patrick Stokes.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, April 1, at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 59 Spring Valley Lane, Long Valley, A Mass will also be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 19, at Holy Spirit Parish, St. Martha’s Church, Portland Rd, Kennebunk, Maine, with interment to follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Kennebunk,.

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk, Maine (www.bibberfuneral.com) and Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown (www.cochranfuneral.com).

Harold McCloud

Graveside services will be held on April 19 at noon in the Arlington Cemetery for Harold McCloud (formerly of Kearny), husband of Shirley and father of Karen and Donna. To view his complete obituary please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mary Ellen McKeever

Mary Ellen McKeever “Mae,” 99, of Lebanon formerly of Kearny, died on March 28.

Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A Mass of Christian burial will be officiated on Tuesday, April 2, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Mrs. McKeever was a waitress at Haynes, Newark, for 30 years. She was a former member of the Kearny Senior Citizens and a volunteer at Meals on Wheels in Clinton.

She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Owen McKeever, mother of Owen (Carol), Brian (Norma) and John (Margaret) McKeever; grandmother of nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was predeceased by her grandsons Robert and Owen, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation www.cff.org. c/o 117 Kinderkamack Road, Suite 104 River Edge, N.J. 07661. All donations would be appreciated.

Charles A. Mondaro

Charles A. Mondaro, 75, died on Tuesday March 26, at The Lyons V.A. Hospital in Basking Ridge.

He was a plumber in L.U. 68 and worked at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years and his four sons their wives and three grandchildren. An uncle to many nieces and nephews. Surviving is a sister Marie of Coral Gables, Fla. He was a member of the Harrison Friends Social Club as well as a recreation basketball referee and Colt League manager in Harrison.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Lyons V.A. Hospital Hospice Unit in Basking Ridge.

Mary T. Orsini

Mary T. Orsini (nee Remus) died on March 26 in the Jewish Home Life Care Center in New York City. She was 96.

Born in Pittstown, Pa., she lived nearly 70 years in New York City. P

rivate arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home of Kearny. Her final resting place is Holy Cross Mausoleum. To leave an online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mary is the wife of the late Julius “Babe” Orsini and sister of the late Agnes and Charles Remus. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Theresa Sgro

Theresa Sgro (nee Catrambone) died at University Hospital in Newark. She was 92. Born in South Seaville, she lived in Harrison and Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Theresa was the wife of the late Anthony Sgro and was the sister of Margaret Johnson, John Catrambone and the late Catherine Vanella, Rose Russomanno, Nicholas, Anthony, James, George and John Catrambone. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider a donation to Pathways To Independence.