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Helen Del Guercio
Helen Del Guercio, (nee Pienciak), 79, of East Newark, died on Nov. 6.
Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave, Harrison.  A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
For information or to send condolences, please visit mulliganfuneralhome.org.
Born in Massachusetts, she graduated from nursing school at City Hospital in Newark.  She spent her career as a nurse working at City Hospital and West Hudson Hospital in Kearny.
Helen is survived by her daughters Tricia (Patricia) Fox and her husband Patrick and Sally Ann Craig and her husband Robert; her grandchildren Samantha, Gregory, Suzanne, Nicole and Robert; her great-grandchildren Elianna, Luis, Anthony and Brianna.  She is also survived by her sisters Jane and her husband Joe Bator, Gladys Neidenberg, Vicky Maki and her husband Joe, her brother-in-law Patsy Del Guercio and many nieces and nephews and their families.
She was predeceased by her husband Samuel, her sons Walter and Samuel J., her sister Mary Kuziel and her husband Steve, her brothers-in-law Richard Neidenberg, Joey and Tommy.

Jack Kowaleski
Jack Kowaleski died on Nov. 10 in Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville. He was 61.
Born in Jersey City, he moved to Kearny 35 years ago.
He is a retired U.S. Postal Clerk.
Jack is survived by his former wife Janice (Wood) and his sons Jack and Mike Kowaleski.
Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To send condolences, visit  armitagewiggins.com.

Violet G. McCartney
Violet G. McCartney, a lifelong resident of Kearny, died on Tuesday, Nov. 8. She was 85.
The funeral Mass was held in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Mrs. McCartney was a member of the Kearny chapter of AARP.
She predeceased by her husband Michael P. McCartney and is survived by her daughters Kathleen Ponte and her husband Gary and Marianne Chich and her husband Adem. Also surviving are her children GeriAnne McEvoy and Adem M. Chich.
The family requests donations in Violet’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38148 or www.stjude.org/tribute.

Mary T. Mooney
Mary T. Mooney (Fitzgerald), 77, passed away suddenly on Oct. 29 at her home in Kearny.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral liturgy was offered in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.
Mary was born in Kearny and was a lifelong resident.
She graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Paterson in 1955. Mary then practiced nursing as an R.N. at West Hudson Hospital in Kearny for 50 years. For many of those years she was the nursing supervisor. After West Hudson Hospital closed, she continued to serve in the same capacity one day a week as nursing supervisor at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.
Mrs. Mooney is survived by her beloved husband John “Jack” R.; her children Catherine Mooney (Michael Hodge), Robert M., John R. (Nancy), and Michael J. (Julie); sisters Helen Mason, Claire Leary and Catherine Zayas; and her grandchildren Elizabeth, Jack, Christopher, Clare, Julia Rose and Rebecca. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org or to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

Thomas O’Neill
Thomas O’Neill, 75, passed away on Nov. 4 at his home in Kearny.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral liturgy was offered in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.
Mr. O’Neill was born in Greenock, Scotland. He came to this country in 1963, settling in Kearny.
He was employed as a waiter at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark for many years, retiring 20 years ago. He was a proud member of the Celtic Supporters Club as well as the Irish American Association of Kearny. In 2004, he was named Irishman of the Year.
He is survived by his sister Jane Dornan of Scotland as well as his niece Kerry Carty of Parsippany. He also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

Judith H. Webb
Judith H. Webb, 82, died on Nov. 11 at Milford Manor Nursing Home in West Milford.
Born in Staten Island, she lived in Vermont before moving to Hamburg 21 years ago.  Before retiring, she was a nurse for Wayne Haven Nursing Home in Wayne. She was an elected Passaic County Republican Committeewoman, she was a member The Community Fire Dept. #1 Auxillary in Wayne for 25 years, active in the Mountainview School P.T.A. and was past president of the Hamburg Desert Storm Support.
She is predeceased by her husband Leslie J. Webb. She is survived by her children and their spouses Stacey E. Gennace (Dr. Ronald), Melissa L. Paicer (the late Kevin), Bradford L. Webb, and Jennifer J. Brennan (Karl); also surviving are her 11 grandchildren John, Gregory, Philip, and Lesleigh Gennace, Kim Paicer, Lauren McTigue, Sara and Tracy Webb, Erin Boucher, Amanda and Rachel Brennan; along with 10 great-grandchildren Christian, Gabriel, Victoria, Isabella, Wesley, Helena, Giovanna, and Téa Gennace and Joseph and Joshua Paicer. Also surviving are her beloved cats Sam, Zoey, and Oreo all of whom, have been adopted by family members.
Private Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Animal Rescue. Condolences may be sent to the family on www.armitagewiggins.com.

Janet M. Speirs
Janet M. Speirs 79, died on Nov.10, at Care One Nursing Home in Wall Township. A lifelong resident of Kearny, she was a clerk/typist for the Town of Kearny.
She is predeceased by her husband John Speirs and her two sisters Mary Lang and Nan Bennett. She is survived by her daughter Janet “Susie” McGeehan and her grandchildren Alyson (Brian Cole), Jaclyn (Shawn MacDonald) and Kara Lyn McGeehan.
Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held in the funeral home, followed by interment in Arlington Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Clara Maass Foundation, c/o funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.armitagewiggins.com.

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