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Category: Obituaries


Paula Cornejo 

Paula Cornejo died April 10. She was 87.

Born in Peru, she lived in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. A funeral service was held from the funeral home, followed by a private cremation.

The wife of Augusto Cornejo, Paula is survived by her children Arturo, Alicia, Marlene Jose and Cesar, eight siblings, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Robert A. DeSimone 

Robert A. DeSimone, 71, passed away on Friday, April 10.

Born in Paterson, Mr. DeSimone lived in Texas and Jersey City before moving to Lyndhurst 20 years ago. He retired as an educator and football coach from the Jersey City Board of Education 10 years ago. Mr. DeSimone was a graduate of Peru State College in Nebraska and a member of the Jersey City Educators Association and the N.J.E.A.

He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife Jami Ellen (Applebee) and his parents Carmine and Irene (Pignoni) DeSimone.

He is survived by his daughters Michele Clark and Monica DeSimone, a granddaughter Emily Nicole, his brother Carmine DeSimone and his sisters Carol Schatel and Domenica Pivko.

Arrangements were by the S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home, (www.swbrownandson.com), 267 Centre St., Nutley.

Carmella Hubert

Carmella Hubert (nee Bruzzi) died on April 17. She was 87.

Born in Bayonne, she lived many years in Kearny and East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Arrangements are by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, (www.armitagewiggins. com) 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church and burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Carmella “Mel” was a retired accounts clerk from Clearcast and was a member of the Seniors, both in Kearny.

Wife of the late Joseph P. “Curley” Hubert, she is survived by her son Joseph and his wife Catherine Hubert. She was predeceased by her son Richard. She was the sister of Sam Bruzzi, Josephine McEwan, Rose Polifrone, Frances Ditillo and the late Anthony, Jimmy and Catherine Bruzzi; and sister-in-law of Barbara Hubert and the late Alma Powell. Also surviving are her granddaughters Stephanie and Christina.

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

Katarzyna Kopcio

Katarzyna Kopcio (nee Zarow), 96, died on Thursday, April 16.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Interment was in Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery, Doylestown, Pa.

Mrs. Kopcio was born in Poland and immigrated to this country in 1952. She lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., before moving to Kearny 45 years ago.

She is survived by her son Richard Kopcio and his wife Grazyna; one sister Janina Szumala; grandchildren George Legendziewicz and his wife Cathy, Regina Wall and her husband Rich and Kristen Moreng and her husband Brett; and two great-grandchildren Jake and Shane Wall.

Katarzyna was predeceased by her husband Franciszek Kopcio and her daughter Kazimiera Legendziewicz and her husband Jozef; her son Chester Kopcio; and one grandson John Legendziewicz.

Rose A. McLafferty 

Rose A. McLafferty (nee Cruickshanks) passed away April 7. She was 102.

Born in Greenock, Scotland, she lived in Pennsylvania before moving to Kearny in 1977.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, (www.armitagewiggins. com) 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Rose was a member of the Henrietta Benstead Seniors.

Wife of the late Anthony, she is survived by her daughter Maureen Gaydos, grandsons and their wives Mark and Laura and Albert and Margaret Gaydos and her great-grandchildren Matthew and Sofia. She was predeceased by her daughter Sarah and her son Anthony.

Thomas Henry Miterko 

Thomas Henry Miterko, 65, of Switzerland, Fla., passed away unexpectedly on April 12 at his residence.

Thomas was born in Newark and grew up in Kearny.

He worked many years as an electrician for AT&T. Thomas loved hot rods and classic cars. He was a very caring father and grandfather, who will be deeply missed.

He is survived by a daughter, Sheree Rauner of Arizona; grandchildren, Freddy and Sean; a brother, Jack Miterko of Pennsylvania; and a sister, Glorianne Toolan of Orange Park.

St. Johns Family Funeral Home in St. Augustine, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.

Edward ‘Mickey’ Pshybyshefski 

Edward “Mickey” Pshybyshefski entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, April 15, at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville. He was 85.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. His interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born and raised in Harrison, he lived most of his life there before moving to Belleville in 1992. Edward was an ironworker for Ironworkers Union Local 11, Springfield, for 38 years. retiring in 1981. He served his country in the U.S. Army, and was a veteran of World War II.

Predeceased by his wife Claire (1996), Edward is survived by his loving children and their spouses, Maureen Fraszczak and her husband Raymond, Edward Pshybyshefski and his wife Karen and Audrey Davey and her husband Kevin; and cherished grandchildren Tina Fellers, Raymond Fraszczak, Edward Pshybyshefski and his wife Gillian, Lauren Davey, Tara Docherty and husband Tony, Brian Davey and Danny Pshybyshefski. He is also survived by his dear great-grandchildren Jake, Zack, Taylor, Thomas, Avery and Connor.

Memorial contributions would be appreciated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 Park Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 in loving memory of Edward.


Joyce Lodato Angelo 

Joyce Lodato Angelo, of Newark, entered into eternal rest after a short illness on Friday, April 10. She was 52.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. Friends may call on Wednesday, April 15, from 2 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday from the funeral home. For information, directions or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Newark, Joyce was raised and lived in Harrison for most of her life. She was the owner and manager of J &J Tire of Brooklyn, N.Y., for many years. She was a parishioner of St. Peter’s Church in Belleville.

Joyce is survived by her loving daughter Jeannette Lodato, her grandchildren Jasmine, Eli, and Omarion, her brother John Lodato, and her mother Jeannette Lodato. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her siblings Jerry Lodato, and Janice Nogueria and by her father Alfred “John” Lodato.

Maureen ‘Mo’ Demnicki

Maureen “Mo” Demnicki (nee Breen), of Harrison, entered into eternal rest surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, April 7. She was 80.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Tuesday, April 14, at 9:15 a.m. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Her entombment will follow in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. For information, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Kearny, Maureen was a lifelong resident of Harrison. She worked as a chef for Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, for many years, retiring in 1997. Maureen was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church, Harrison.

Maureen is survived by her beloved husband Paul Demnicki, married for 52 years; her loving children Paul and his wife Jeannette, Tommy and his wife Mary, Theresa and her husband Pat and Patty and her husband Ken; and her cherished grandchildren Jessica, Patrick, Paul, Steven, T.J., Jason, Deanna, Monica, Kevin, Megan and Kara. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings Ed and Tommy Breen and Katie Climes.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to American Heart Association, 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, N.J. 08691 in loving memory of Maureen.

Eleanor Hubold 

Eleanor Hubold (nee Graham), of Harrison, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 5. She was 92.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Her interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Newark, she was a lifelong resident of Harrison. She worked at the Study Hall, Harrison, as a bookkeeper for more than 15 years, retiring in 2008.

Eleanor is survived by her loving granddaughter Jillian and her husband Jorge, her dear son-in-law Louis Wagner and her cherished great-grandchildren Sophia and Madison.

She was predeceased by her children Elaine Wagner and James Hubold, and her brother George Graham.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 332 Eighth Ave., 7th floor, N.Y., N.Y. 10001 in loving memory of Eleanor.

Donald Vincent Kelly 

Donald Vincent Kelly passed away on April 5. He was 75.

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

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.

Donnie was a retired employee of the Town of Kearny. He also enjoyed many years bartending at Doyle’s Pub and Matson’s Tavern. He was very active with VFW Post 1302 and was a member of the Norman A. Doyle and John F. Cali Associations.

Donnie was predeceased by his parents John “Jack” and Mary Ellen (nee McLaughlin) Kelly; his siblings John, Patrick, Eileen, Ann (Kelly) Braun, Dolores (Kelly) Cali and a twin sister; his nephews Patrick, Dennis and Harry. He is survived by his nieces Doreen, Ellen, Patty, Maureen, Eileen, Theresa, Cathy and his nephews John, Gary, Tim, Jack and extended family.

Michael Robert McInerney 

Michael Robert McInerney, of Kearny, died April 7 at Hackensack Medical Center. He was 37.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held from the funeral home, followed by burial in Restland Memorial Park. www.armitagewiggins.com

Michael enjoyed baseball and fishing. He especially and fishing. He especially enjoyed building and racing remote control racecars. He was currently employed as an ironworker for Local 580 in New York City.

Michael is survived by his girlfriend Alyson Tobin, his parents Kevin and Deborah (MacMillan) McInerney, his sister Kelly and his grandparents Robert MacMillan and Margaret McInerney. Michael’s grandmother Hazel (Rowlands) MacMillan and grandfather Patrick McInerney both predeceased him.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Teen Challenge, Rehresburg, Pa.

Rose A. McLafferty 

Rose A. McLafferty (nee Cruickshanks) passed away April 7. She was 102.

Born in Greenock, Scotland, she lived in Pennsylvania before moving to Kearny in 1977.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. www.armitagewiggins.com

Rose was a member of the Henrietta Benstead Seniors.

Wife of the late Anthony, she is survived by her daughter Maureen Gaydos, grandsons Mark and Albert Gaydos and her great-grandchildren Matthew and Sofia. She was predeceased by her daughter Sarah and her son Anthony.


Traci Lee Dunekack Carlen

Traci Lee Dunekack Carlen passed away on April 4 after a very courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. She was 57. Born in North Plainfield, she moved to Kearny 27 years ago.

Visiting will be on Wednesday, April 8, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.

Traci was a secretary for the Kearny Board of Education working mostly in Lincoln and Schuyler Schools. She loved the beach and everything “flip flop!”

She is survived by a very adoring family: her husband Paul, her children Eric (Mariana), Kevin and Jaime Carlen, her sisters and brother Tammi Nishimura, Bruce Dunekack and Toni Campbell and her beloved grandchildren Kaelyn, Kylee and Keira. Traci was the daughter of the late Bruce and Mary (nee Sullivan) Dunekack. She is also survived many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Michael Leiner 

Michael Leiner, 48, of Milford, Pa., died March 29 at the Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, N.Y.

Born in Jersey City, he lived in Kearny and North Arlington before moving to Pennsylvania in 2005. He was a 1984 graduate of Kearny High School.

He worked as a carpenter for 15 years for Aanensen Kitchen and Cabinets in Kearny. He was the beloved husband of Darlene E. (nee Bower), the adored father of Kaitlyn E. Leiner, the dear son of the late John and Lorna Leiner was the cherished brother of John N. Leiner, Maureen L. Bunnell and her husband Jim, and Tim Leiner and his wife Martha, and the loving uncle of many loving nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was held on April 2 at the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Laura Elaine Romaniak 

Laura Elaine Romaniak died April 1. She was 84. She lived most of her life in Kearny before retiring to Whiting.

Arrangements are by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, April 7, at 10 a.m. at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, and burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Laura is survived by her children and their spouses Elaine and Robert Buchs, Barbara Urban (late Richard), John and Gloria Romaniak, Charles Romaniak, Mark and Rose Romaniak and Paul and Jennifer Romaniak. She was the sister of John L. Chatellier, Donald Chatellier, Jeannette Payne and Barbara Syme, 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

To view Laura’s entire obituary please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Martin James Ryan 

Martin James Ryan died April 4 at Chatham Hill Care Center. He was 78.

Born in Harrison, he lived in Kearny before retiring to Forked River.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church and entombment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. www.armitagewiggins.com

Martin was a senior systems operator at PSE&G and was a 4th degree Knights of Columbus, Harrison and Forked River councils. He was a Navy veteran and a member of The Old Guard and The Elks.

Husband of Catherine (nee Zilinick), he is also survived by his children and their spouses Michelle and Dennis Bellog and Patrick and Jacqueline Ryan. Martin was the brother of Edward Ryan and Irene Bodendorf and cousin of Robert Kittredge. He is also survived by his grandchildren Sara, Ryan, Joseph, Ashley and James.

Rebecca VanDyke 

Rebecca VanDyke entered into eternal life on March 28 at home in Elizabeth. She was 83.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. www.armitagewiggins.com 

A memorial Mass was held at St. John’s Church in Newark.

Rebecca was a very spiritual person and beloved in the deaf community of St. John’s.


George Dock 

George Dock, 92, died on March 24 at St. Luke’s Hospice in Bethlehem, Pa.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive. A funeral Mass was offered at 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. Dock was born in Paisley, Scotland. He immigrated to this country in 1952 and lived in Kearny ever since. George was a bricklayer for the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers’ Local 4 for many years.

He was a founding member of the Kearny Celtic Supporters Association of Kearny in 1963 and served as its first president. George was also a proud member of the Kearny Irish American Club of Kearny and served as secretary. In 1974, the Celtic Supporters made the Irish American Club their permanent home. Mr. Dock worked alongside his wife Margaret as they owned and operated the Kearny Health Food Center from 1969 to 2001. In 1972 he donated six months of his time as a brick layer to help build Elks Camp Moore in Haskell, a camp for handicapped children and veterans.

Mr. Dock is survived by his daughter Sharon McKeown and his grandson Edmund McKeown.

He was predeceased by his wife Margaret (Gaffney) Dock in February 2010.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny.

George F. Dreker 

George F. Dreker, 88, died on March 23 in the New Jersey Firemen’s Home in Boonton.

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

George was born in Kearny and was a lifelong resident.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 until 1947 and was a firefighter for the town of Kearny for 31 years, retiring Dec. 26, 1992.

He was member of the N.J. State Firemen’s Association, the Kearny Firemen’s Relief Association, the Hudson County Firemen’s Home Association, the N.J. State Exempt Firemen’s Association, the Hudson County League of Exempt Firemen, the Kearny Firemen’s Exempt Association and the Kearny FMBA Local 18.

St. Cecilia Church in Kearny was a huge part of George’s life where he was a member of the Holy Name Society, an usher and a bingo volunteer. The church named him its “Man of the Year” in 1998.

George is survived by his daughter Dorothy Schmieder (Richard); four grandchildren, Theresa Grassey, Roseanne Farrell, Richard J. Schmieder Jr. and Katherine McCabe; and nine great-grandchildren.

He will be missed by his cousins Cecilia Horn and Sister M. James; and his nephew Thomas Dreker. George was predeceased by his wife Dorothy R. (Forbes) Dreker; his daughter Dolores Fargano; and three brothers Frederick, James and Bernard Dreker.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the New Jersey Firemen’s Home, 565 Lathrop Ave., Boonton, N.J. 07005 or at www.njfh.org.

John Munro 

John Munro, of Kearny, died March 27. He was 88.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home followed by a private cremation. www.armitagewiggins.com

John was a devoted husband and father. Married to the late Georgina (nee Shivers) he was the father of Pauline (Thomas) Austin, John (Denise) Munro, Gerald (Gina) Munro, Gary (Tammy) Munro and the late Andrew Munro. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

John was born in Glasgow, Scotland, Feb. 14, 1927. He and his family moved to Kearny in 1963. He was a longtime member of The Scots American Club and an avid soccer fan who always supported the hometown Kearny High School Soccer, Scots American and Thistle teams. John served in the British Army Royal Engineers during World War II. He worked for Imperial Photo Graphics in Belleville for 30 years, retiring in 1993. Many would remember John tirelessly taking his daily walks up and down Kearny Ave. and warmly joke about him being the “Scottish Mayor of Kearny” until his illness.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Scots Club for roof repair.

Edward Patrick O’Neill 

Edward Patrick O’Neill died quietly on March 23, during a loving caress from his wife Mary with his brother Marty holding his hand. Ed was born in Newark and raised his family in Kearny. Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. www.armitagewiggins.com

Ed was a Navy veteran who served on the USS Soley DD 707. After the Navy, he joined the Newark Police Department where he was a motorcycle officer. When he retired after 27 years, he drove a truck for Shop-Rite and then he worked as a driver for Clayton Container.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Mary Agnew, formerly of Bathgate, Scotland; his beloved children, Edward G. and Jane C. O’Neill; and his cherished siblings, MaryAnn Acceturo, Lenore Ceraso, James F., Martin A., and Thomas O. O’Neill. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and all of their families.

He had a special closeness to all of his in-laws. He had many friends, too numerous to mention, but held a special bond with his lifelong buddies Jerry Daily, Harold Hanson, and Walter Blevins. Ed and his family also want to acknowledge all of his wonderful neighbors on Beech St. in Kearny and he wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Edward Killilea and the staff at St. Michael’s.

Ed was a member of the FOP, Teamsters Locals 27 and 641, and the Belleville VFW. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Bonnie Patterson 

Bonnie Patterson (nee Hahn), entered into eternal rest on Monday, March 16. She was 65.

Born on May 11, 1949, Bonnie was a lifelong resident of East Newark and Harrison, before moving to Piedmont, Mo., in 1997. She passed away at Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center, Piedmont, Mo.

Predeceased by her husband, Ronald V. Patterson Sr., she is survived by her son, Ronald V. Patterson Jr., her brother, Jake Hahn, her half-sister, Karen Kowalski Kelly, and her grandson, Victor Leroy Patterson. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was also predeceased by her parents, Jacob and Betty Hahn; her daughter, Bonnie V. Patterson; and her siblings, Donald Hahn and Colleen Hahn Kelly.

Private funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A graveside service was held at Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Grace Sherwen 

Grace Sherwen (nee Broderick) died at home on March 23. She was 97.

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

Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church and burial followed in Arlington Cemetery in Kearny. www.armitagewiggins.com.

Grace was very involved with St. Stephen’s Church. She was the cook at the parish school, she was a member of the Rosary Society and The Seniors. She regularly volunteered at the church. Grace also loved to bowl and was an avid reader.

Wife of the late John D. Sherwen and sister of the late Julia LaForgia and Margaret Maher, she is survived by her children, Patricia and J. Douglas Sherwen Jr. (Laurie), along with many loving nieces and nephews and their families.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Stephen’s Church, specifically for the restoration of the stained glass windows.


Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor, 54, died on Sunday, March 15, at home in East Stroudsburg, Pa.

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

Mr. Gaynor was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and lived in Kearny since age nine. He moved to East Stroudsburg, Pa., 11 years ago.

He was a postal worker at the Bloomfield Post Office for 27 years. Michael is survived by his wife Colleen (Quinn). He was the uncle of Allison Gaynor and Christopher Michael Gaynor.

He was predeceased by his parents Peter and Mary (Coyne) Gaynor and his brother Christopher Gaynor. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the VNA/Hospice of Monroe County at www.vnahospiceofmc.org.

Dolores Jeraldine Hanf 

Dolores Jeraldine Hanf, 85, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., died on March 7 in Walterboro, S.C.

She was born in Jersey City, to the late Mrs. Philomina Berardo and the late Mr. Gabriel Richard Fuschillo.

Dolores served proudly in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. She later worked in Lyndhurst as an insurance agent and in Hollywood, Fla., as a clerk in the Broward County Court system.

She is survived by one daughter, Deborah Ferrato, of Wallkill, N.Y.; two sons, Richard Hanf (Nancy), of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Keith M. Hanf (Dawn), of Fairfax, Vt.; six grandchildren, Shawna, Michael, Daniel, Kelsey, Dana and Elizabeth, and nieces, nephews and loving friends. A memorial service was held in Beaufort, S.C., followed by a ceremony with military honors in Beaufort National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her honor to the Veteran’s Victory House, 2461 Sidneys Road, Walterboro, S.C. 29488, or any veteran’s organization.

Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.McAlister-Smith.com.

Arrangements were by McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant Chapel, 1520 Rifle Range Road, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Betty Hinkley 

Betty Hinkley (Layton), 80, a lifelong resident of Kearny, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 17. Her final days were spent at home surrounded by family.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The funeral service was held from the funeral home. Interment was to follow at Nicholson Cemetery in Nicholson, Pa., at a later date.

Betty was born in Jersey City on July 14, 1934, to the late Edward and Dorothy (Park) Layton. She grew up in Kearny and graduated from Kearny High School in 1952. Later, she worked as certified dental assistant for Dr. Edward S. Levy, D.D.S., in Kearny for many years.

Mrs. Hinkley had a passion for knitting and loved visiting her Point Pleasant beach house. The First Baptist Church of Arlington was a special place to her where she was an active member and matriarch. Betty was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Joseph E. Frobisher Post No. 99, American Legion, in Kearny.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years Robert G. Hinkley; two children Thomas Hinkley and his wife Joanne of Kearny and Lynda Hinkley and her life partner William Kirchoff of Sag Harbor, N.Y.; one brother Jack Layton and his wife Kathy of Hilton Head, S.C.; and two grandchildren Evan and Neil Cratz.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the First Baptist Church of Arlington, 650 Kearny Ave., Kearny, N.J. 07032 would be appreciated.

Rosemarie Klossek 

Rosemarie Klossek, 70, of Kearny, died Wednesday, March 18, at University Medical Center in Newark.

Born and raised in Newark, Mrs. Klossek lived in Harrison for 25 years before moving to Kearny. She was employed by various industries, including Brothers Bakery in Kearny and Mel Gambert Shirt Co. in Harrison.

The daughter of the late Frank and Lucia (nee Iacullo) Silva, Mrs. Klossek was also predeceased by her husband, Ronald Klossek, on Oct. 7, 2006, and three brothers, Anthony, Frank and Peter Silva. She is survived by one daughter, Lisa M. Sarni and her husband, Richard, of Stillwater; four grandchildren, Alisha Nichols and husband, Christopher, and Gabrielle, Alexis and Richard Sarni; one sister, Maryann Silva; and two brothers, Manuel and Joseph Silva. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith- McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.

Martin James Sharkey 

Martin James Sharkey died March 21. He was 70.

Born in Newark, he lived most of his life in Harrison. Visiting will be on Wednesday, March 25, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The service will take place that evening. Private cremation will follow. www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mr. Sharkey loved fishing and the outdoors. He was an avid Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Bears fan. He had been a welder for Vac/U/Max in Belleville.

Formerly married to Shirley Sharkey, he is also survived by his children Lisa M., Brian S. and Jamie G. Sharkey; his brother Edward; his grandson Jamie; along with nieces and a nephew.

John Baptiste Solano 

John Baptiste Solano, 96, of Waretown, formerly of Colonia, died on Wednesday, March 11, in Stafford Township.

Born in Kearny on April 5, 1918, he was the son of the late Anthony and Mary Lico Solano. John was an inspiration to all he met. In the words of his great-granddaughter, he was “selfless, generous, hopeful and a lover of everything and anything.” He loved life and lived it fully to the last minute. He was a retired troubleshooter with Elizabethtown Gas Company.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie Davis Solano, in 1997 and his son, Anthony John Solano, in 2004; his brothers, James Solano and Patrick Solano; and his sisters, Marian Solano Holowatch, and Elizabeth Solano Fash. Surviving are his daughter, Sharon Ann Savacool, and her husband, Donald, of Waretown; his six grandchildren, Dawn Taylor, Donald Savacool, Steven Savacool, Kristin Solano, Tony Solano and Brett Solano; eight greatgrandchildren; his brothers, Frank Solano and Joseph Solano; his sister, Sarah Solano Cadorette; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 13, at the Holcombe- Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington and he was interred at the Hazel Wood Cemetery, Colonia.

Robert J. Van Volkenburgh 

Robert J. Van Volkenburgh, 71, of Hunterdon County, entered into eternal rest and joined his Savior Jesus Christ on Aug. 26, 2014.

Robert was born and raised in Kearny and briefly in North Arlington. He attended St. Cecilia’s High School and graduated from Kearny High School in 1962.

He lived the last 35 years of his life in Hunterdon County with his wife of nearly 51 years, Marianne, and raised two sons, Dr. Robert Van Volkenburgh Jr. and Dr. Daniel Van Volkenburgh. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife Marianne, his sons Dr. Robert Van Volkenburgh Jr. and wife Gwendolyn, Dr. Daniel Van Volkenburgh and wife Rebecca; six grandchildren; his sister Carol Costello and husband Angelo; mother-in-law Angie Raimondo; sisterin- law Evelyn Kaiser; and many nieces and nephews.

Robert was a kind, warmhearted and generous man famous for his dry humor and vivacious personality. He will be greatly missed. Mail may be sent to: P.O. Box 5301, Clinton, N.J. 08809.


Audrey M. Borkowski 

Audrey M. Borkowski (nee Mohr) of Kearny entered into eternal rest at Select Specialty Hospital in Rochelle Park on March 10.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Sorrows and burial followed in Holy Cross Cemetery. www.armitagewiggins.com

Born in Newark, Audrey moved to Kearny after getting married and resided there until her death. She leaves behind her beloved husband of 58 years, Chester Borkowski, and her loving children Emily and Peter, also of Kearny. She also leaves behind her sister Harriet Ellison, along with several nieces and nephews. Her brother Richard Mohr passed away in 1988.

Donations may be made to The Children’s Memorial Garden in Winding River Park in Toms River. This garden is in memory of children that have left us too soon. Donations are tax deductible and can be sent to TCF Garden Fund, P.O. Box 485, Toms River, N.J. 08754 (www.oceantcf.com/memorialgarden.htm ) or a charity of your own choice.

Jose D. Domingo

Jose D. Domingo, of Harrison, entered into eternal rest at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, on Wednesday, March 11. He was 82.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral service was held at the funeral home. His cremation was private. For information, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Argentina, Jose emigrated to the U.S. in 1962 settling in Queens, N.Y., before moving to the West Hudson area 43 years ago. Jose worked as a printer for Paquet Corporation, Passaic, for many years before retiring in 1998. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. In his free time he enjoyed hunting, fishing and collecting stamps.

He is survived by his beloved wife Blanca Paulina Domingo (nee Scattolini), loving children Walter Domingo and Miriam Domingo Pace, cherished grandchildren Gabriela and Alyssa Pace, dear siblings Haydee Mateosian, Sonia Arraez and Maria Clara Oliva. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents Palmira Angeloni Domingo and Pablo Domingo.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va. 22312 or in care of the funeral home in loving memory of Jose.

Joseph A. Poland Sr. 

Joseph A. Poland Sr. entered into eternal rest on March 13 at home. He was 76.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, he lived most of his life in North Arlington.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Queen of Peace Church followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. www.armitagewiggins.com

Joe was a retired foreman at Holy Cross Cemetery. He was an active member of Queen of Peace Church serving as an usher and also was in the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his devoted wife Maureen (nee Kavanagh), his loving children and their spouses Denise B. and Dominick Orovio, Joseph A. Jr. and Angelica Poland and Lisa E. and John Minervini. Brother of Nellie Hennessy, Clare O’Neill and Carleen Doyle, he is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Anthony, Christopher, Travis, Kali-Bridget, Jessica, Joseph, Melissa, Michael and Jeremy. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project.

Thomasina Stoner

Thomasina Stoner (nee Dougan) died March 14. She was 74.

Born in Kearny, she moved to Carteret 20 years ago.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, March 17, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. from the funeral home and burial will follow in Arlington Cemetery. www.armitagewiggins.com

Thomasina was the wife of the late Ronald Stoner and Jack Gross. She is survived by her loving companion Frank Hervin, her daughter Kathy and her husband John Planer and grandchildren Rachel and David. She was predeceased by her brother Sam Dougan.

She was a secretary at Paquet Oneida in Clifton. She loved to bowl and had been a member of the Liberty Chapter Order of Eastern Star. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the American Cancer Society.

Dorothy Warzenski 

Dorothy Warzenski (nee Osmul), of Harrison, entered into eternal rest at Alaris Health at Kearny on Friday, March 13. She was 89.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Tuesday, March 17, at 10:30 am. A funeral Mass will be offered at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison, at 11 am. Friends may call on Tuesday from 9:45 am. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, directions or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Kearny, Dorothy was a lifelong resident of Harrison. She worked as an administrative secretary for many years for RCA, Inc., Harrison. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, and was active in many of the churches organizations and activities, volunteering much of her time following her retirement. She often volunteered at bingo and was a member of the OLC Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Holy Cross Seniors, Holy Cross Church Cancer Guild and the Newark Seniors.

Predeceased by her husband, Alfred Warzenski (2004) Dorothy is survived by her close friends Anna Barbosa and family and Wafaa Chia and family as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her 11 brothers and sisters.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 115 S. Third St., Harrison, N.J. 07029 or in care of the funeral home in loving memory of Dorothy.


Mavis Kathleen DelTosto 

Mavis Kathleen DelTosto (nee Nickerson), formerly of North Arlington, died on March 5 of natural causes at the age of 103 at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living facility in West Orange. Mavis was born Nov.21, 1911, Clarks Harbor, Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, to Ethel (nee Kenny) Nickerson and William Oscar Nickerson, a Nova Scotia lobsterman. She attended Horton Academy of Acadia University where she earned her varsity letter in basketball, graduating in 1929. Mavis immigrated to the US and took a job as a governess with a diplomat’s family, living in Washington D.C., New York City, Katonah, and Glen Cove in the years leading up to and during World War II.

In 1948 Mavis married Enrico (Henry) DelTosto, and the couple moved to a home in North Arlington—a home where Mavis would live until she was 97. Mavis was a full-time mom, and a steady and unflappable force, who devoted herself to her children, her husband and her community.

Mavis was a member of the North Arlington school PTA throughout her children’s time in the schools, and served as President of the Washington School PTA. Mavis was also active in the North Arlington Woman’s Club through the late 50s’ and 60s’. She attended North Arlington First Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and was a choir mother over the years.

Mavis was a vocal supporter of North Arlington’s public schools, eloquently defending them against campaigns to cut funding by offering characteristic no-nonsense reasoning: “My children were the beneficiaries of a wonderful education in the public schools. I think the children of the next generations should have that opportunity, too. Besides, I want the nurse who is dispensing my meds to be good at math!”

Mavis walked everywhere, recognizable by the battered wire cart she used (“my Cadillac”) to bring home groceries. She relished living in a small town where she knew her neighbors, her children’s teachers, the mayor and the shopkeepers.

An avid Yankees fan, Mavis knew the players, the coaches and their stats. Though her loss of hearing and dimming eyesight make it impossible for her to continue to watch the games on TV, she still followed the team religiously in the newspaper. She read voraciously, and did crossword puzzles every day—all this keeping her mind nimble.

Mavis’ gentle spirit, quiet strength and cheerful way touched many lives; she will be missed.

Mavis is survived by her son, Henry Paul DelTosto and his wife Lynne Park DelTosto, of Kearny; her daughter Doris DelTosto Brogan and her husband James Brogan of St. Davids, Pa., and her beloved grandchildren, Daniel Nickerson Brogan, (Rosemont, Pa.) Elizabeth Sullivan Brogan (Kansas City, Kan.) and Mairead Siobhan Brogan (St. Davids, Pa.), she was the sister of the late Ethan Nickerson and his wife Amy and Mervin Nickerson and his wife Gertrude.

Arrangements were by the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington. A funeral service celebrating Mavis’ life was held Monday, March 9, followed by a private cremation. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Summit Animal Rescue Association, P. O. Box 124, Berkeley Heights, N.J. 07922 in Mavis’ honor.

Robert P. Huntley 

Robert P. Huntley, of Kearny, died Feb. 19. He was 57.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.

Bob is survived by his sister Linda Boni and brother Kevin Huntley. He is also the uncle of Bobby Boni and his wife Silvia and Kevin Huntley and his wife Jenna. Also surviving are his great nieces Paige, Sophia and McKenna.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Rev. Robert Pachana 


Rev. Robert Pachana entered into eternal life on March 3. He was 45. Prior to enterting the priesthood Father Rob worked as a florist at Lee’s Florist in Kearny. He is survived by his mother Elizabeth, his brother Kenneth, sister Debra Golda and her husband Richard, along with his nephew and nieces. To view the entire obituary please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Marvin Sandler 

A Lyndhurst High School Math Teacher, World War II Veteran and member of Sanford L. Kahn Post #538 Jewish War Veteran, Congregation B’Nai Israel G’bai, Marvin Sandler, 87, of Kearny, and a former Jersey City resident, passed away on Thursday, March 5. Sandler, an avid Mets baseball fan, was a kind man devoted to his family and a lifetime passion for teaching and learning and the love of music and reading.

Born and raised in Jersey City, Marvin graduated from Snyder High School in 1947. After high school, Marvin served in the United States Army during World War II where he was trained to be an interpreter for the Army. Marvin served overseas and during his service received a World War II Service Medal along with the Good Conduct Medal along with other honors.

After his military service, Marvin worked at his family’s clothing store Sandler’s Department Store in Jersey City. During this time he worked in real estate at CB Snyder in Hoboken. Marvin, graduated from NYU and then from Columbia University with a Master’s degree in Mathematics. Marvin began teaching math at Lyndhurst High School in 1955 and taught for the next 37 years, retiring in 1991 as supervisor of the Lyndhurst Math department. Marvin loved teaching. It was his passion and has taught his entire lifetime.

In 1957, Marvin married the late Marilyn Epstein from Brooklyn, N.Y. Marvin and Marylyn were married for 19 years until her passing in 1976. Marvin was the devoted father of Michael Alan, and Barbara Leah Brooks and her husband Chris whom he loved dearly. Marvin was also the cherished brother of Estelle Model and her late husband Murray and the late Morris (Maisha) Sandler. Marvin cherished his brother-in-law Morton Epstein and his wife Harriet as well as former wife Carol. Marvin loved his grandchildren Meredith and Jonathan dearly and they were the joy of his life.

Marvin also leaves behind the dearest of friends Agnes and Ian Smith who held a special place in Marvin’s heart.

Marvin was devoted to his late brother Morris (Maisha) his entire life. Marvin is survived by many nieces and nephews, and his Congregation B’Nai Israel family.

Marvin also leaves his faithful companion Lucky.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marvin’s name to: Association for Hunterdon Developmental Center (AHDC), c/o Gloria Dupre-Wynn, 39 West Spring St., Somerville, N.J. 08876

Rose Villano 

Rose Villano (D’Angelo), 96, of Normandy Beach passed away on Thursday, March 5.

She was born on May 18, 1918, and raised in Newark and resided in Newark, Fort Lee and Montvale prior to settling in Normandy Beach two years ago. She was a member of St. Gabriel Parish, Ho- Ho-Kus. Rose loved and cherished her family and she was happiest when surrounded by her many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially during the many wonderful summers she spent in Normandy Beach. She also enjoyed many happy times traveling with her family and visits to Atlantic City. Rose will be remembered by all who loved her for the special touch she brought to holiday meals with her favorite traditional dishes, many of which still live on as family treasures, and for her generous spirit and sharing of family history.

Prior to retiring, she was employed by United Foodtown and was a member of UFCW Local 464A.

She was the beloved wife of the late Peter Villano, Sr., loving and devoted mother of Margaret Vishia (Tom), Antoinette Villano, Peter Villano (Janet), Georgianna Grieco (Ted) and George Villano (Mary). Cherished grandmother of 13. Dear great-grandmother of 12. Rose is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at St. John’s R.C. Church, Mulberry St., Newark. Her interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to St. John’s Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 200147, Newark, N.J. 07102 in loving memory of Rose.

Bernard P. Wozniak 

Bernard P. Wozniak, of East Newark, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, March 5. He was 88.

Funeral services were handled by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral service was held at the funeral home on Monday, March 9. His Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Branford, Conn., Bernard lived in Harrison before moving to East Newark 64 years ago. Bernard worked for Tiffany & Co.; prior to that he worked for RCA, Harrison. Prior to that, Bernard served his Roman Catholic faith, becoming a Brother with the Graymoor Monastery (Franciscan Friars of the Atonement), Lake Placid, N.Y. and spent two years at the Vatican in Rome Italy.

Predeceased by his wife, Mary Rose (nee Ferriero) (1998), Bernard is survived by his nephews David and Kenneth Wilk, as well as many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his siblings Alfreda Wilk, Victoria Nelson, Wanda Vogt, Grace Stone, Martha Wozniak, Stella Wozniak, Anna Kryspin, Joseph Wozniak, Walter Wozniak, Alfred Wozniak, Todd Wozniak, Butch Wozniak, Peter Wozniak and Thomas Wozniak.


Dorothy Baranowski 

Dorothy Baranowski (nee Smith) entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Feb. 26. She was 94.

Dorothy was born Aug. 19, 1920, in Harrison, where she was a lifelong resident. She worked for the Town of Harrison as a deputy tax collector. She was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church in Harrison.

Predeceased by her husband, Stanley B. Baranowski Sr., she is survived by her four children: Carol O’Neill and her husband Jack, Robert S. Baranowski Sr., Maureen Guevarez and Stanley B. Baranowski Jr. and his wife Jean, 10 grandchildren: John O’Neill, Maureen O’Neill, Robert Baranowski Jr., Danielle Baranowski, Carrie Ann Baranowski, Melissa Sak, Tammy Sak, Heather Sak, Sarah Baranowski and Joseph Baranowski; and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her nephew Frank Mullin, the son of her late sister, Geraldine Heinz.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Saturday, March 7, at 10:30 am. A memorial Mass will be at Holy Cross Church, Harrison, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, March 7, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at the funeral home.

For information, directions, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Patricia ‘Patti’ Parker Hudson

Patricia “Patti” Parker Hudson, 44, of New Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Kearny, passed away on Feb.12.

She graduated from Florida State University and was a teacher at Hillsborough Academy of Math and Science. Patti is survived by two sons, Christopher and Ryan, her parents Bernard and Patricia Parker, and sisters Barbara Suarez and Bernadette (Dwight) Jennings.

A memorial service was held at Morgan Funeral Home, New Port Richey, Fla., on Feb. 28. The family requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Patti’s name to: National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O Box 1848, Longmont, Colo. 80502.

Lynda M. Inzinna 

Lynda M. Inzinna, of Kearny, died Feb. 28 at St. Michael’s Hospital. She was 67.

Visiting will be on Wednesday, March 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Private cremation will follow. www.armitagewiggins.com

Lynda was an art teacher in Newark for many years.

Daughter of Lilyan (nee Bekanas) and the late Vincent Inzinna, she is survived by her husband Frank Verga, her sons Christopher Inzinna and Frank Verga and her brother Vincent Inzinna.

Catherine Jacoby 

Catherine Jacoby (nee Kennedy) died Feb. 26. She was 95.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The burial will be private. She is the wife of the late Charles, stepmother of Marsha and sister of Claire and Dorothy.

Lottie M. Kwiecien

Lottie M. Kwiecien, 94, of North Arlington, passed away Feb. 22 at Alaris Health at Belgrove, Kearny.

Born in Holyoke, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Dunaj.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph F. Kwiecien Sr., as well as her sons Richard and Joseph Jr., and daughter Patricia.

She is survived by her daughters and their husbands Joanne and Steve Maier and Deborah and William Manzo; grandchildren, Scott Maier, Joseph E. Kwiecien, William J. Manzo and Allison Manzo; three great-grandsons James Maier, Brandon Kwiecien and Jason Kwiecien; and one great-granddaughter Courtney Maier.

The family received friends at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Feb. 26. A funeral Mass followed at Queen of Peace Church in North Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association.

Albert ‘Albie’ Lawrance Jr. 


Albie Lawrance, 64, of Copperas Cove, Texas, passed away on Feb. 21 in Killeen, Texas. A Mass of Christian burial was held Feb. 25 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Copperas Cove. He was to be cremated and laid to rest in New Jersey.

Albie Lawrance was born on Feb. 4, 1951, in Kearny to the late Albert and Mary Bradley Lawrance Sr. Albie grew up in Kearny and graduated from Kearny High School where he starred on the soccer team. His love for soccer continued for over 20 years as he coached many teams in Florida where he was loved by all his players. Albie was a published poet and had a passion for learning, later earning a Ph.D. in physiology.

Albie was preceded in death by his parents and by his sisters, Margaret Postel and Elizabeth McLaughlin.

Albie is survived by his children, Erin Bernal, Bradley Lawrance and Melissa Lawrance; and his grandchildren, Anthony, Ariella, Lana and Angelina. His smile and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.

Norman Steen 

Norman Steen, of Kearny, died Feb. 27 at Clara Maass Medical Center. He was 76.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church and burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. www.armitagewiggins.com

Norman is survived by his wife Marion (nee Siciliano), his children and their spouses Barbara Brydon, Gary and Catherine Steen and Karen and Dave Bush. Also surviving are his grandchildren Angela (Thomas), Gary Jr. (Jena), Daniel, Nicholas, David and Kelsey and his great grandson Gavin.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the American Cancer Society.


Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Bulkowski 

Elizabeth “Betty” Bulkowski, of Harrison, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, Feb. 18. She was 67.

Born in Newark, she was a lifelong resident of Harrison and a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison.

She was predeceased by her loving parents William and Helen Bulkowski and her brother Thomas.

She graduated from Queen of Peace High School, North Arlington, in 1965 and attended Lyons Institute in Newark. After a dedicated career in the medical field as an assistant to numerous doctors, she retired from Heart and Lung Center in Hawthorne three years ago.

Elizabeth is survived by her loving cousin Veronica Coladarci, her second cousin and godson Joseph Coladarci III and his wife Drea, along with their children Abigail and Joseph IV. She is also survived by her second cousin Janet Torres and her husband Elias as well as their children Christian and Brielle, along with many other cousins and friends.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Monday, March 2, at 10:45 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Her interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Viewing hours will be on Sunday, March 1, from 2 to 6 p.m. and Monday at 10 a.m. For information, directions, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Patti Parker-Hudson 

Patti Parker-Hudson, 44, of New Port Ritchie, Fla., formerly of Belleville, passed away on Feb. 12. She is survived by her sons Christopher and Ryan; parents Bernard and Patricia; sisters Barbara and Bernadette. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, Colo. 80502.


Chester C. Conklin 

Chester C. Conklin died Feb. 8 at Clara Maass Medical Center. He was 73.

Born in Newark, he lived in Kearny before moving to Belleville in 1981.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s Church in Nutley, followed by burial in Arlington Cemetery in Kearny. (www.armitagewiggins.com)

Chester was a member of Teamsters Local 641 and drove a truck for many years for L.J. Kennedy and Preston Trucking.

Husband of Carolyn (nee Young), he is also survived by his children and their spouses Michael S. Conklin, Jeff Conklin (Caroline) and Donna L. Conklin (Joe Besterci), his grandchildren Eric, Hailey, Mackenzie and Amanda, and his best pal Casey.

Mary Corner

Mary Corner (nee Quigley) died peacefully on Feb. 10 at The Shorrock Gardens in Brick. She was 87.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, she lived many years in Kearny before retiring to Brick.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Sorrows, Kearny, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. (www.armitagewiggins.com)

Mary and her late husband John Corner owned and ran Matson’s Tavern in Kearny for many years. She loved her family, friends, heritage and Our Lady of Sorrows.

She is survived by her daughter and son Ann Marie Deichman (Daniel Sr.) and John Corner (Carolyn), her grandchildren Daniel (Jessica) and Jeremy (Natalia) and great-grandchildren Madilyn Rose, Daniel Marc, Lilyahna and Luke Jeremy.

Julia T. Dunaj 

Julia T. Dunaj (nee Agentowicz), of North Arlington, died peacefully on Feb. 8. She was 95.

Funeral arrangements 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. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For information, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born and raised in Eynon, Pa., she lived in North Arlington for the past 57 years. Julia worked as a product scheduler for RCA in Harrison for many years, retiring to raise her two children. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church and a member of Rosary Altar Society, a member of the Senior Harmony Club of North Arlington, and a charter member and treasurer of the Young Women’s Club of Harrison. She was also the Financial Secretary of Lodge 3187 of the Polish National Alliance (PNA) District 5 and took part in many activities as well as being involved in multiple PNA committees.

Predeceased by her husband, Stanley J. Dunaj, Julia is survived by her loving children Patricia A. and Stanley M. Dunaj, her dear sister Jean A. Kozmor, her sisters-in-law Ann Dunaj and Bernadine Janusz as well as loving nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests Mass intentions to be offered from Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison or Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, or a donation to a charity of choice would be appreciated in care of the funeral home in loving memory of Julia.

Rafael Anthony Egoavil 

Rafael Anthony “Tony” Egoavil, of Buffalo, N.Y., formerly of Newark, entered into eternal rest on Feb. 6. He was 42.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral service was held at the funeral home. His cremation was private. For information, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born and raised in Newark, he lived most his life there before moving to Buffalo in 2004. Rafael worked for Ford Motor Company for more than 20 years, first in Edison and most recently in Buffalo, N.Y.

He was a second generation employee as his father Rafael also worked for the Ford Motor Company. He was a member of the UAW Ford Local 897 in Buffalo, N.Y. An avid baseball fan, his favorite team was the N.Y. Mets. In his free time, Tony also enjoyed video games and graphic novels.

Tony is survived by his beloved mother Juanita, loving children Ashley Nicole and Ryan Matthew, dear brother Chris and his wife Heather, cherished niece and goddaughter Olivia and nephew Connor, godson Logan Gonzalez and the mother of his children Lydia Ivette Toyens. He was predeceased by his father Rafael (2014) and his sister Marisol (1982).

Hedwig A. Kasper 

Hedwig A. “Gladys” Kasper (nee Rudnicki), 90, a lifelong resident of Harrison, died Feb. 11 at the Alaris Healthcare Center on Bergen Ave. in Kearny.

She worked as a secretary for the RCA Corporation in Harrison for many years before retiring 25 years ago.

She was the beloved wife of the late John and is survived by her nieces and nephews.

The funeral was from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington, on Saturday, Feb. 14, with a funeral Mass at Our Lady Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Dominick F. Krusznis 

Dominick “Yakie” F. Krusznis Jr., of Berkeley Township, formerly of Harrison, entered into eternal rest on Feb. 2. He was 81.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For information, or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Jersey City, Dominick was raised and lived in Harrison before moving to Berkeley Township in 2013. He worked for Driver Harris/ Harrison Alloy for many years, retiring in 1997. Prior to that, he worked as a truck driver for Leo Keller Corporation from 1952 to 1988. He also worked for the Harrison Post Office, where he began his employment as a young man. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1962 and was honorably discharged.

Dominick graduated from Harrison High School in 1951. An avid soccer player/fan, he played on the Harrison High School soccer team that won back-to-back state championships in 1949 and 1950. His team had a 53-match winning streak that ended during the 1951 season. Following high school, Dominick continued his dream of becoming a professional soccer player, playing on for the Elizabeth Germans, as well as many other local professional soccer clubs, from 1952 through the late 1970s.

Predeceased by his wife, Ann P. Krusznis (nee Gray) and his son, Dominick W. “Dinny” Krusznis, he is survived by his loving children and their spouses, George Krusznis (Annmarie), Karen Flood (Kevin), David Krusznis (Annette), William “Red” Krusznis (Annie) and Michael Krusznis (Donna). He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), 26 Broadway, 14th fl., New York, N.Y. 10004 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123-1718 in loving memory of Dominick.

Michael Raefski 

Michael Raefski, 54, died on Feb. 10 at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. Condolences and memories may be shared at www. thiele-reid.com.

Michael was born in Belleville and was a lifelong resident of North Arlington.

Mr. Raefski was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Kearny.

He was a carpenter by trade and later worked at Home Depot.

Michael is survived by his brothers Joseph (Nancy), Frank (Mildred), and Richard Raefski and six nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers James and John Raefski.

Jane Wilma Watson 


Jane Wilma Watson died Feb. 5.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. A memorial service was held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Toms River. To view the entire obituary, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.