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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.

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