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Obituaries

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Obituaries

Chester E. Boyarski

Chester E. Boyarski, 81, of Kearny died on March 19. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by entombment in Hollywood Memorial Park Union.

Mr. Boyarski was a boiler operator with Crompton & Knowles, Newark, for 15 years, retiring 14 years ago. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was an usher at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny.

He is the beloved wife of the late Grace Cavalier Boyarski, father of Mark (Donna J.) Boyarski and Donna Green, brother of Shirley Kielt, grandfather of Lauren, Mark and Danielle, brother-in-law of Anthony Cavalier and Larry De Marco. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donation to the humane society would be appreciated.

Joseph A. Cundari

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Retired Professional Engineer and Town of Harrison Construction Official July 11, 1914, to March 19, 2013.

Joseph A. Cundari, of Harrison, entered into eternal rest on March 19. He was a resident at The Cliffs, West Orange, since 2011.

Joe was born in Harrison on July 11, 1914, the son of Anthony and Carolina (D’Amico) Cundari. He was a graduate of Holy Cross Grammar School (1928) and Seton Hall High School (1932). He earned a Bachelor’s Degree (1936) and Master’s Degree (1938) in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College. He worked in the Ford Motor Company Foreign Export Department (1936- 1939) and as a Structural Steel Designer with Hugh A. Kelly Associates, Jersey City (1939- 1941), in the design of plans for Federal Housing Projects in Harrison, Jersey City, Burlington, and Stratford Conn.

During World War II (1941- 1945) Joe was a Master Sergeant in the Army’s 341st Engineer Regiment. He was chief of engineering operations and supervised construction of the Alaska Military Highway between Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson in British Columbia (1943). He oversaw the reconstruction of railroad bridges in France, Belgium, and Germany (1944-1945). In addition to many military service medals he was also awarded the Legion of Merit Medal for his services.

Joe joined the Wigton-Abbot Corp. of Plainfield, as assistant construction manager in 1946, and in 1982 became construction manager. Also in March, 1946, he was appointed Town Engineer by Harrison Mayor Frank Rodgers. For 56 years, until his retirement in May, 2002, he supervised all major public projects, which included the Stickel Bridge, John F. Kennedy Stadium, Harrison Recreation Center, Harrison High School, the addition to Lincoln School, fire headquarters, public library, renovation of the senior citizens center, the additions of hundreds of family homes on former industrial sites, the reconstruction of the Bridge St. and Jackson St. bridges, demolition of the P.S.E.G Co. gas container, construction of recreation facilities such as playgrounds, basketball courts, mini soccer field and tennis courts. He was responsible for the plans and specifications for the construction of new water mains, sanitary and storm sewers, street paving, fire alarm and traffic signals. He served as Zoning Board Officer (1948) and Planning Board Officer (1977) to his retirement. In retrospect, during his 56 years of service, he oversaw the development of all of Harrison’s town improvements.

In 1990 Joe was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Hudson County Community College, Jersey City. In 1998 he was named Trustee Emeritus and was very involved in fundraising and establishing scholarships for students. In 1999, in recognition of his outstanding service and contributions, a newly opened wing of the college was dedicated as the “Joseph A. Cundari Center”.

Joe’s civic service also included being named a Vice President of the West Hudson Hospital Association (1958- 1962) and Vice President of the Harrison Board of Education (1991-1996). In November, 1999, The Christopher Columbus Foundation Day honored Joe as an outstanding citizen. He was also recognized in 2003 and again in 2011 by Mayor Ray McDonough as Harrison’s Outstanding Senior Citizen. On April 28, 2011, the Harrison Board of Education voted to name the tennis courts at Harrison High School “The Joseph A. Cundari Tennis Courts” to serve as a lasting reminder for everyone of the unstinting dedication of a venerable Harrisonian.

In his personal life Joe enjoyed attending theatrical productions and operas, and was an accomplished pianist. He had an avid interest in photography and oil painting. He was a member of the K of C Our Lady of Grace Council #402, the Sgt. Williams A. Sawelson V.F.W. Post #340, the Holy Cross Church Holy Name Society, and many professional engineering societies. Tennis was a major interest in his life, initially as a player and founder of the Harcy Tennis Club, and then as a lifetime member of the Arlington Players Tennis Club, serving in many capacities for over 60 years. He was also a major sponsor of the N.J. Statement for 40 years. Joe was very dedicated to his family, always being present at every major event in the lives of his family. No matter the time or distances he was always present in happy and sad occasions. He was “Uncle Joe” to one and all.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Carolina Cundari, his brother Dominic, and his sisters Catherine and Vincentine.

Survivors include his brother, James P. (Johanna) Cundari, Sandusky, Ohio, his nephews Anthony Cundari, Norwalk, Ohio, and Joseph Cundari, Sandusky, Ohio, his nieces Johanna Powers, Sandusky, Ohio, Maria Horvath, Oxford, Michigan, and Carolyn Williams Sardella, Kearny, and many grand nephews and nieces, great-grand nephews and nieces, cousins, and by his faithful companion of over 30 years, Rena Stoll.

Memorial contributions in memory of Joe may be given to Holy Cross Church, Harrison, Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, the Arlington Players Club, Kearny, or to one’s favorite charity.

The dedicated loyal citizen, soldier and family man now rests in peace in God’s Hands. What Joe accomplished in his life will live on for many years to come.

The funeral was conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Monday, March 25. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church in Harrison with the Rev. Joseph Girone, Pastor officiating. His interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences to the family please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Louise M. Fugaro

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Louise M. Fugaro entered into eternal rest after a courageous battle against breast cancer. She was 65.

Born in Scranton, Pa., she lived in Kearny before moving to East Brunswick 39 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, also in Kearny, followed by private cremation. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com L

ouise loved cooking, family and friends. She is the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (nee Malara) Panunzio and daughter-in-law of Joseph and the late Lillian Fugaro. Beloved wife of Joseph Fugaro, she is the cherished mother of Natalie (Billy) Crisafulli and Keith (Kristen) Fugaro; sister of Barbara Little (Richard Ross), Joseph Panunzio (Carole) and the late Marlene Groome. She is also survived by her grandchildren Vincent and Juliette Crisafulli, her sister-in-law and brotherin- law Karen Fugaro Poirier and Larry Poirier, her nieces and nephews Josephine (Gregory), Anthony, Ruben (Breann), Jennifer (Cameron), Michael (Rebecca), Cheryl and Lauren and her great nieces and nephews RJ, Gianna, Mia, Gregory, Stephanie, Nicholas, Jonathan, Tiffany, Toni, Dominick and Nicholas.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure or Dr. Michael Nissenblatt Challah Foundation.

Ann F. Gilroy

Ann F. Gilroy entered into eternal life on March 23 at home. She was 88.

Born in New York City, she moved to Kearny in 1979.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, March 26, from 3 until 7 p.m. at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, March 27, at 10 a.m. in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, N.Y.

Ann was an actuarial for Mutual of N.Y. and held a Masters in Art and a Masters in Education from Columbia University. A very devoted parishioner of Queen of Peace she ran its RCIA program and taught CCD for many years.

Sister of the late Patrick Gilroy she leaves behind a very loving family and cherished friends.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Sloan Kettering.

Mary Halleran

Mary Halleran (nee Lynch), 89, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Feb. 12, after a brief illness.

Funeral arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home 596 Belgrove Drive Kearny. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave online condolence please visit www.armitageandwiggins.com

Mary was an administrative assistant at the Department of Public Works in Kearny. Known as everyone’s Aunt Mae, she was the beloved lynchpin of her large Irish family. Although family and her Irish heritage were top in her heart, she loved her porch plants, her bowling league, Law and Order marathons, and the N.Y. Giants, who she watched at the edge of her seat every game, win or lose. Because of every amazing piece of her, she will be greatly missed.

Wife of the late John, she is survived by her daughters and their husbands Kathy and Bob Patton, Joan and Francis Baratta and Susan and Bill Hamilton. Sister of Ann Loretta Toussaint, she is also survived by her grandchildren Colleen (Jason) Loud, Bart Carrique, Tara and James Hamilton and Francesca and Nicole Baratta and her great granddaughter Arianna Hamilton. She was predeceased by her daughter Therese C. Halleran.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Colleen D. Kelly

Colleen D. Kelly (nee: Hahn), 56, of Harrison, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, March 17, at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Newark, Colleen was a lifelong resident of Harrison.

She is survived by her loving children, Daniel, Milinda and Matthew; her two cherished grandchildren, Brianne and Joshua; and her dear siblings, Bonnie Patterson, Karen Kowalski Kelly, Jacob Hahn and Alyce Donnelly. She is also an aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Donald Hahn and her parents, Jacob and Betty Hahn.

She was a secretary for the Harrison Board of Education’s Office of Special Services.

Through her work in Lincoln School, she brought smiles to the faces of countless children and teachers alike. Always eager to help those in need, for many years she helped coordinate a local food program for disadvantaged and resource limited households. She was also highly active in clothing and gift drives.

A memorial gathering was held at Mulligan Funeral Home in Harrison and was attended by many family members and friends who gathered to honor Colleen’s strength, kindness and incomparable spirit. A beautiful Memorial Mass was also held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in care of the funeral home in loving memory of Colleen. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit: www.mulliganfuneralhome.com

John Alves Peso

John Alves Peso passed away on March 22 at the Post Acute Care Center in Kearny. He was 89 and was born in Couto de Ervededo, Chaves, Portugal, and came to the United States in 1966.

Married to Maria Gloria (Morais) Peso, father of Maria Jorge wife of Fernando, Roger Peso husband of Ana Maria, and Serafim Peso husband of Carmelina. He was the brother of Augusto Peso and the grandfather of Michael, Zita , and Peter Jorge, Danny and Tina Peso, and Angela and Stefan Peso, great grandfather to Matthew, Megan, Jakob, and Kaitlyn.

The viewing was held Monday, March 25 at Shaw Buyus Home for Services, 138 Davis Ave., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, March 26, at 9 a.m. at St. Cecilia Church in Kearny, following with the funeral in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.

For information on sending your condolences, please visit www. buyusfuneralhomecom.

Joann Villaronga

Joann (Cowley) Villaronga died on March 21 at home. She was 64. Born in Kearny, she lived in Harrison before moving to Staten Island in 1989.

Private arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home.

Joann is the life companion of Edward Villaronga and the mother of Kevin Cowley. Sister of Carol Sheridan and Robert, Gary, Patrick, Michael, George and Edward Cowley, she is also survived by her grandchildren Shane, Ryan and Kevin, many nieces and nephews and her best pal Ricky.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider assisting the family financially by sending a donation to the funeral home at 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, N.J. 07032.

Obituaries

Herman Max Brinkmeyer

Herman Max Brinkmeyer, 81, of Kearny, died on March 16.

Visiting will be at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, on Tuesday, March 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A religious service will be held on Tuesday during the 6 to 8 p.m. visiting period. Cremation will be private.

Mr. Brinkmeyer was a chief with Public Service Electric & Gas, Irvington for 42 1/2 years, retiring 20 years ago. He served in The U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict as a drill instructor.

He was a member for over 60 years of the Copestone Masonic Lodge, Kearny. He is the beloved husband of Bernice Schmitz Brinkmeyer; father of Diane (James) Corbett and Laurence (Beatriz) Brinkmeyer; brother of Bernard Brinkmeyer; grandfather of Scott, Laura, Ryan, Michele and Larry and great-grandfather of five grandchildren.

Alexander Dunsmuir

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Alexander Dunsmuir, 86, of Harrison, entered into eternal rest on March 12. Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. The funeral service was held in the funeral home followed by burial at Restland Memorial Park, East Hanover.

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

Alexander was born on June 20, 1926, in Plains, Pa., to the late David and Annie Dunsmuir who immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland. He was a distinguished U.S. Navy veteran who proudly served our country during World War Two (Invasion of France), earning the American and European Theatre and Victory Medals. He was a member of the Lafayette Lodge #27 and Adorniram Lodge #80 of the Free and accepted Masons.

Alexander worked as a highly skilled jeweler for Shiman’s/ Kremitz and company for 51 years before retiring in 1997. He lived with his family in Kearny for most of his life before moving to Harrison, in 1992. He was a loving, dedicated family man who embraced his Scottish heritage and took great pride in being an American.

Alexander is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary A. Dunsmuir (nee Bannon), his three children and their spouses, Cynthia A. Dunsmuir-La Grace, Wendy M. Dunsmuir- Domac and her husband David, Douglas S. Dunsmuir and his wife Lillian, his six grandchildren Kelly A.Balk-Rodriguez, Kimberly M. Balk, Jason S. Dunsmuir, John C. La Grace II, Brittany L. Dunsmuir and Alexander B. Domac, his two great-grandchildren Farrah Annabelle and Riley Austin and his brother Robert. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, David and John Dunsmuir and two sisters, infant Lily and Theresa Peill.

He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and friends.

Eddy Fonseca

Eddy Fonseca, 61, of Kearny, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 16.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Wednesday, March 20, at 10:45 am. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Viewing hours will be Tuesday, March 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow at Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. For information, directions or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org

Born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, he lived most of his life in Kearny. He was a driver for Matthews International, Kearny, for the past 13 years. Eddy was a member of The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Kearny. In his free time, he coached Pony League Baseball in Kearny for many years.

Eddy is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Matilde Molina Fonseca, loving children Enrique and Erika Fonseca-Antao; a son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Jennifer, cherished grandchildren, Kassandra, Isabel, Kayden and Gabriel. He is also survived by his caring mother, Maria Esteves Fonseca, a brother, two sisters and many nieces and nephews.

Julia M. Horvath

Mrs. Julia M. Horvath, of Kearny, died on Thursday, March 14. She was 86.

The funeral service was held in the Condon Funeral Home 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mrs. Horvath had been a secretary for Block Drug in Jersey City for 20 years until retiring in 2000. She had volunteered as a CCD teacher in St. Stephen’s School, Kearny.

Predeceased by her husband, Stephen J. (1973) she is survived by her son, Stephen J. Horvath (Jane) and a sister, Eilene Kenney. Also surviving are her cherished grandchildren, Stephen P. and Julie A. Horvath.

John ‘Smiley’ MacMillan

John ‘Smiley’ MacMillan, 87, lifelong resident of Kearny died on March 10.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Interment Restland Memorial Park, East Hanover.

Mr. MacMillan was a box car engineer with Conrail in Jersey City for 41 years. He was a combat engineer in the 179th Battalion with the Army during World War II earning four service medals.

He is the brother of Ada Malassavage; beloved by Danielle and Ted Kazista and the Brochu Family. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Helen Snedden Marr

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Helen Snedden Marr, 82, of Kearny, died March 11 at the Fellowship Home in Valdosta, Ga. Visiting will be on Thursday from 5 until 9 p.m. at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.

The funeral service was held in the Grace United Methodist Church, Kearny, with burial to follow at Arlington Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Born in Kearny on Aug. 3, 1930 to George and Isabel Carlton, Scottish immigrants, she graduated from North Arlington High School in 1947. As a young woman she worked at Carlton Travel Agency in Kearny, which was her father’s business. She later worked as a secretary for the Kearny Fire Department, then as an administrative assistant with the State of N.J. Department of the Treasury in the Inheritance Tax Division. She lived the last eight years in Valdosta, Ga., where she was affectionately known as Grandma Helen.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Choir and Harmony Circle. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed good food, socializing, attending the Metropolitan Operas, Broadway plays and she loved traveling on cruises. She had a warm spirit that was very contagious and had a great sense of humor.

She is survived by her son Carlton Marr and his wife Jean, daughter Isabelle Brannon and her husband Ron and her son Gordon Marr; grandmother to five, Jessica Marr, Christina, Cassandra, Caroline and Charlotte Brannon. Best friend and special family friend Margaret Schoendorf.

Elizabeth Rokosny

Elizabeth Rokosny entered into eternal rest on March 15. She was 98.

Born in East Newark, she lived in North Arlington before moving to Kearny 10 years ago.

Visiting will be on Tuesday March 19 at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, March 20, at 11 a.m. in Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by entombment Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mrs. Rokosny is the wife of the late Charles and is survived by her son and his wife Charles T. and Maryann (O’Malley) Rokosny, three grandchildren Patricia Svec, Charles J. and John P. Rokosny and seven great grandchildren Lauren, Michael, Jennifer, Tyler, Kristian, Trevor and Madison. She was predeceased by her grandson, Joseph.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Vincent Nursing Home 315 East Lindsley Road Cedar Grove, N.J. 07009.

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John Burke Jr.

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John “Jack” Burke Jr. 67, of Hazleton, Pa., formally of Kearny, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28. Born in Newark, he was the son of the late John and Theresa (Placonis) Burke. Jack was on the KHS football team and graduated in 1964. He served in Vietnam in 1967 with the U.S. ARMY 9th Infantry. Soon after, he started work with the U.S. Postal Service in Kearny and some years later transferred to Hazleton, Pa., where he retired 35 years later.

Jack had lung cancer and died from complications of chemotherapy.

Preceding him in death was his son John Burke III.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Joanne ( Pari) Burke and three children, his sons, Anthony and his wife Fallen, Jayme and his wife Danielle, and his daughter, Michele Burke. Also surviving are his brother, Dennis and his wife Nina, Rebecca (Becky) Northrup and her husband Kenneth. Jack also leaves behind 8 grandchildren to whom he was very close, and many nieces and nephews.

Services were beautifully held at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Hazleton, Pa.

Jeanne Caldwell

Jeanne Caldwell (Lambertson, 58, died on March 4 at the Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A celebration of life was held with private cremation. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com

Jeanne was born in Kearny and was a lifelong resident.

She earned her R.N. in 1976 from Christ Hospital in Jersey City and was employed by the New Jersey State Department of Health in Trenton for 24 years before retiring in December 2011.

She is survived by her husband John and their sons Jesse A. Caldwell and his wife Stephanie, Ryan H. Caldwell and his fiancé Emily; and one sister Andrea “Cookie” Lambertson.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Gilda’s Club of North Jersey at www.gildasclubnj.org or to The Maureen Fund for Ovarian Cancer at www.hackensackumcfoundation.org.

Christina Margaret Keating

Christina Margaret Keating (nee McQuilkin), 74, of Melbourne, Australia, passed away Feb. 15.

She was the beloved wife of the late John Keating; devoted mother of William Charles, Patricia and Kathleen; daughter of the late Dora and James McQuilkin; dear sister of David, James and Allan Mc- Quilkin, Kathleen Mulrenan, Nancy Loughlin, Dorothea Sneddon, Lily Parkin, Mary Crawford, Isabella Elliott and the late Patrick McQuilkin and Joan Hemphill and grandmother of seven.

A funeral mass was held Feb. 22 at Viewbank, Melbourne, Australia.

Bridget Anne Lynman Beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, 91

Bridget Anne Lynam (nee O’Carroll), 91, joined Our Father in Heaven on Tuesday, March 5, while living at Arden Courts in West Orange. A viewing took place on Thursday, March 7, at the Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley, 540 Franklin Ave. A Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, March 8 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 28 Brookline Avenue, Nutley, where she was a member of the Rosary Society, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Road, North Arlington.

Born in Manchester, England in 1921, Bridget was raised in Dublin, Ireland. Married to Thomas Lynam in 1947, the couple moved to New Jersey in 1958 with their six children, and settled in Kearny, where they welcomed two more children. Bridget retired from Bamberger’s (now Macy’s) after working as a salesperson for many years and moved to Nutley with her husband in 1991. She loved line dancing, Irish music, playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and traveling.

Bridget was preceded in death by her loving husband Thomas (1991); brother John and sister May; granddaughter Laura Lynam (2004); and grandson Benjamin Goldfogle (2009). She is survived by her eight children and their spouses, Carol and Jack Ayres; Irene and Kim Fernandes; Catherine and Kevin Brennan; Terence Lynam; Anne and Andrew Goddard; Marie and Jerry Glass; Clare and Thomas Goldfogle; and Jean and Dan Boyle; her grandchildren and their spouses, Brian and Sharon Ayres; Karen and Andrew Smith; David Fernandes; Kristen and Mark O’Grady; Elizabeth and Justin Mosher; Nicholas Brennan; Sean Lynam; Thomas Steagall Lynam; Colin Goddard; Emma Goddard; Christopher Glass; Anna Goldfogle; Sarah Boyle; Jessica Boyle; Emily Boyle; Sophie Boyle; her great-grandchildren, Timothy Ayres; George Smith; Molly O’Grady and Charlotte Mosher; and several nieces and nephews.

The family thanks the staff at Arden Courts, an assisted living facility for Alzheimer’s patients, for their loving care and support for their mother. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations for Alzheimer’s research at www.alz.org or Ben’s Run to support cancer research in memory of her grandson at www.bensrun.org.

Bernard McCarthy

Bernard McCarthy, of Kearny, died on March 6 at home. He was 85.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, March 12, at 10 a.m. in St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online, condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mr. McCarthy served in the Navy and was a member of The St. Cecilia’s Knights of Columbus.

Husband of the late Marie (McGarril), he is survived by his children and their spouses Brian McCarthy, John and Jeanette McCarthy and Karenanne and John Weins. Brother of Lorraine Starr he is also survived by his grandchildren Mary Catherine, Meghan, John, Brian and Jamie.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider a donation to The Franciscan Friars.

Anthony Mollica

Anthony Mollica died on March 3 in St. Barnabas Medical Center. He was 80.

Born in Jersey City, he lived in Kearny before moving to Harrison many years ago.

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

Mr. Mollica is survived by his children Rosemarie McMullen and Anthony Mollica. He was the brother of Mary Cinardo, Richard, Thomas and Frank Mollica and Josephine McCann he is also survived by three grand and six great-grandchildren.

Lena Velona

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Lena (nee Albini) Velona, 80, of Edison, passed away Friday, March 8, at JFK Medical Center, Edison. Born in Leno Brescia, Italy, she was one of 11 siblings. Mrs. Velona resided in Kearny from 1971- 1986 before moving to Edison. She was a parishioner of St. Francis Cathedral, Metuchen.

She is predeceased by her husband Vincent (d. 1999).

Surviving are her children Frank Velona (Diane) , Jerry Velona (Jean) , Joseph Velona (Linda), Robert Velona(Danielle) and Antoinette Cruz (Tony); 17 grandchildren Nicholas, Jacqueline, Alexander, Megan, Joseph, Matthew, Michael, Amanda, Nicole, Robert, Gabriella, Giuliana, Cristina, Lena, Jessica, Johnny, Julia ; one great grandson Liam and many nieces and nephews in Italy.

Funeral services will take place Wednesday, March 13, at 9:45 a.m. at Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 27) Metuchen (costello-runyon.com) followed by a 10:15 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Francis Cathedral, Metuchen. Entombment is in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia. Visitation is Tuesday, March 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Flowers may be sent, or donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, Tenn. 38105 (stjude.org).

Obituaries

Ziggie Borkowski

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Ziggie Borkowski “Bongo” died on Jan. 11. He was 87.

Born in Jersey City, he lived in Harrison for many years.

Visiting will be on Thursday, March 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held Friday, March 8, at 10 am in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Bongo served in the Marine Corps during World War II and was a longshoreman for 51 years, working mostly for Global Marine Terminal in Jersey City. He was a member of the ILA of NY and NJ.

Husband of the late Jennie (Kierszkowski), he is the father of Richard and Bill Borkowski and the brother of Chester, and the late Steven, Mary Lisa and Helen Sangiovanni.

Harry Robert Dittmyre

Harry Robert Dittmyre, 83, went to be with his Lord and Savior Feb. 27.

Harry was born September 14, 1929 to Henry Dittmyre and Margaret Lorimer Dittmyre in Essex County. He was retired from the U.S. Dept. of Treasury where he worked for many years as a customs inspector. A strong pride in his Scottish heritage inspired him to learn to play the bagpipes, an activity he greatly enjoyed. Harry was also a life-long pilot and aviation enthusiast. After moving to North Carolina, he became an active member of Parkway Chapel.

In addition to his parents, Harry was preceded in death by two sons, Robert and William Dittmyre; and two brothers, Douglas and Kenneth Dittmyre. Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Betty McDowall Dittmyre; son, Bruce Dittmyre (Jilla); daughter, Laurie Bonilla (Carlos); grandchildren, Christine, John, and Lauren; as well as a sister, Selina Wait (George).

A funeral service was held on March 2 at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel with James Beatty officiating. A private, family graveside service was held at Parklawn Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworthmiller.com.

Beatrice H. Dunphy

Mrs. Beatrice H. Dunphy (nee Hughart) died on Monday, Feb. 25. She was 91.

The funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements were by the Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny (condonfuneralhome.com).

Mrs. Dunphy had owned, with her late husband, John, Dunphy’s Hawaiian Palms in Harrison for over 40 years. She had also served as a WAVE in the US Navy during World War II in the top secret decryption service in Dayton, Ohio.

Predeceased by her husband, John and son, Eugene, she is survived by her children John, Jr. (the late Joan), James (Ann), K. Dawn Reimer (the late Frank) and William Christopher Dunphy. Also surviving are her six grandchildren and her two great-grandchildren with a third on the way in March.

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

Elizabeth J. Garbowski

Elizabeth J. Garbowski died on February 12. She was 88.

Born in Harrison, she lived in Kearny before moving to North Arlington 25 years ago.

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. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. To leave an online condolence please visit www.armitageandwiggins.com.

Mrs. Garbowski was an assembler for RCA in Harrison for many years.

She is wife of the late Edward M. and is survived by her daughters and their spouses Barbara and James McAloon, Dolores Jenkins and Robert Wisniewski and Donna and Michael Hewa. Also surviving are her brother John Blevis and her grandson Nicholas Hewa. She was predeceased by her grandsons Cody Allen Creech and Daniel Hewa.

Dorothy Kilcullen

Dorothy Kilcullen, 88, died on Feb. 26 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

She was born and raised in Angola, N.Y., and resided in Kearny most of her life. For the last eight years she was a resident of Franklin Park, Monmouth Junction and most recently, Brandywine Senior Living at Princeton. Dorothy retired after 20 years as a traffic staff supervisor with N.J. Bell Telephone Company of Newark. Dorothy had a great sense of humor and considered herself “feisty”. She loved her trips to Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe and was proud to have visited 48 states. Dorothy loved to cook, play poker, going on walks and in high school – twirling her baton.

She was predeceased by her husband Thomas H. Kilcullen, her son Gary, step-sons Jack, Tommy and Bobby. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Dorothy and Stan Sylvester, a son and daughter-in- law Walter and Susan Kilcullen, a sister Veronica Laskowski, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were by the M.J. Murphy funeral home 616 Ridge Rd., Monmouth Junction. A funeral service was held in the funeral home.

Burial will be in the family plot in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny, at a later date.

Helen V. Mianecki

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Helen V. Mianecki (nee Kozlowski), 93, passed away on Monday, Feb. 25, at Waterview Center Nursing Home in Cedar Grove, after a long battle with dementia.

For many years, Helen worked as a cashier at S. Klein. She is remembered for enjoying the company and moments spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was very proud to have known four generations in her family.

Helen is predeceased by her loving husband, Alexander, and many brothers and sisters. She is survived by her companion and friend John Bouquet; her two daughters, Marcella Doonan and Regina Goham; her sister-in-law, Rose Kozlowski; her grandchildren, Lisa White, Linda & Timmy Eosso, Stephen and Victoria Goham, Debbie Doonan, Patty and John Forgsberg, and Barbara & Tony Caprara; her great grandchildren, Lucas, Brianna, Julie, Sarah, Kayla, Jake, Sophia, Alexa and Tyler; and her nieces and nephews.

Helen’s funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Her interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences to the family please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of choice in loving memory of Helen.