Rita F. Callahan
Rita F. Callahan (nee Bricker), of Palm Bay, Fla., formerly of Ocean Gate and Harrison, was called home on Sunday, July 17.
Rita was born in Syracuse, N.Y., moved to Newark (Down Neck) and raised her family in Harrison.
Rita’s career spanned over 43 years with AT&T. She was hired as an overseas operator
and retired in 1984 as a department supervisor. She had received many accolades for
her superior customer service skills, along with perfect attendance awards yearly.
She went back to school and received her high school diploma in 1988 from Harrison
High School, an achievement she was very proud of. Rita was a member of the Pioneers (AT&T) and the Bayville Elks lodge.
Rita leaves behind two beloved and heartbroken daughters, Mrs. Mary Ellen Chencharik, Ms. Susan Callahan and a beloved son-in-law John Chencharik; six grandchildren Theodore, Stephanie, Amanda, Randall, Michael and Connor Mary; nine great-grandchildren and many friends.
Arrangements were by Fountainhead Funeral Home, Palm Bay, Fla. Burial was to be private and memorial Mass was to follow.

Michael J. Grabowski
Michael J. Grabowski, 69, a 36-year resident of Las Vegas, passed away suddenly at home on July 14.
Born on December 19, 1941, in Harrison, Mike was the only child of Adam and Lottie
Grabowski, who predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of 40 wonderful years, Marilyn, by numerous relatives in New Jersey and by Harry Parson, his best friend from childhood days.
Raised in Kearny, he was a graduate of Kearny High School and of Monmouth College and a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Fraternity. He was honorably discharged after serving in Vietnam in the Army. Together with his wife Marilyn, Mike ran numerous successful businesses both in Las Vegas and Lake Arrowhead, Calif., and
retired in 2004.
More importantly, Mike will sorely be missed by his numerous friends and family for
his great humor, personality, compassion and for making everyone feel like they were his best friend.
Please send memorial donations to: Monastery of San Giuseppe, Via Della Nocetta
83, 00186 Rome, Italy.

Patricia Grun
Patricia Grun, 93, of Kearny, went home to be with the Lord on July 19. She was a devoted loving mother and grandmother.
Born in Clarksburg, W. Va., she was predeceased by her husbands Correll Perkins
and August Grun, her mother Bessie Bain and her brother Thomas Bain. Surviving are
her daughter Beverly Herd (Edward); her grandchildren Nancy Bettinger (Lawrence), Edward R. Herd Jr. (Carol Berlin) and Thomas Herd (Wendy); her great-grandsons
Thomas and Edward T. Herd and her great-great-granddaughter Anna Marie Herd;
her sister Betty Lou Murphy; and her special niece Kimberly Murphy, along with many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the Wilfred Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held in the funeral home. Interment was in Arlington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the Diabetes Foundation.

Joyce J. Quitto
Joyce J. Quitto, of North Arlington, died on July 17. She was 37.
Daughter of the late John and Karen (Holderfelder) Reiger, she was the mother of Raymond Reiger; sister of Lorraine Quitto (Marco), Joseph John and Eric Steven Reiger and the late Kathryn Edith Pucillo and Margaret Ann Reiger; also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the Wilfred Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove
Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Peters Church, Belleville, followed by private cremation.

Luisa Albuquerque
Luisa Albuquerque, (nee Silva), 83, of Harrison, passed away on July 13. She was born
in Brazil.
Luisa was a member of Harrison Seniors. She was devoted to her family, friends and her church.
Luisa is survived by her daughter Olivia and her sons Marcus and Gilberto and her
grandsons David, Romolo and Gabriel.
She was predeceased by her husband Joao, and her daughters Cecilia and Fatima Roman.
A funeral service was held at the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave, Harrison, on Monday, July 18. Interment followed at Arlington Cemetery, Kearny. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the family, c/o the funeral home in memory of Luisa.

Nicholas Bardzilowski
Nicholas Bardzilowski, 86, died on July 16 in St. Michael’s Hospital. He was a lifelong
resident of Harrison. He belonged to the Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Czestochowa. He was a sergeant in the Army during World War II. Before retiring, he was a programmer for Worthington Pump in Harrison.

Husband of Patricia (McGuire), father of Diana Flaherty (James) and Ronald Bardzilowski (Paula); also surviving is his brother Joseph; five grandchildren Daniel, Jeffery, Gregory, Nicholas, and Brandon, along with three great-grandchildren
Arrangements were handled by the Wilfred Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.

Florence Baker Carlo-Tuting
Bayville, formerly of Kearny
Retired math teacher, 64
Florence Baker Carlo, 64, wife of Bill Tuting of Bayville, passed away at home on July 24, after a courageous battle with lung cancer
Raised in Kearny, she was a graduate of Kearny High School, Class of 1964 and William Paterson University in 1968.  She was a well-recognized mathematics teacher who started teaching in Nutley and then continued for over 20 years at Bloomfield Junior High/Middle School.
Her love of life was well known to all her friends.  She was famous for her parties down the shore and dancing to the oldies by 45 RPM.  She was very active with the Kearny High School Class of 1964 Reunion Committee and responsible for bringing old classmates together, and some eventually became couples.  She was also active on the Veterans Committee and Special Needs Children with the Lacey Elks Lodge #2518. She loved to travel, go boating, stain glass, read and spend time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the United States Power Squadrons.
She is predeceased by her parents Lawrence and Frances Baker, survived by her stepfather Martin Edelmuth of Manchester; her husband of four years, Bill Tuting; two daughters Dona Tanzola and her husband Carlo of Barnegat and Jamie Kenyon and her husband Dave of Medford; a stepson, Todd Tuting of Richmond, Va., and 11 grandchildren Alexandria, Kaitlin, Matthew, Paige, Gabriel, Sam, Chace, Ben, Logan, Liam, and Wyatt.  She had a very close relationship with her daughters and her grandchildren, who were the light of her life.  They lovingly referred to her as Oma.
Arrangements are by the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals O’Connell Chapel, 706 Route 9, Bayville. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at the funeral home. Committal will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute (P.O. Box 27106, N.Y., N.Y. 10087) or the Troop 2 Kearny Booster Club, Inc. (c/o Bradow, 59 Patterson St., Kearny, N.J. 07032). Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

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