Ramon Melo Gonzalez

Ramon Melo Gonzalez died on May 16. He was 51.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny.

Ramon is married to Elena (Morel) and is the father of Elaine, Genesis and Lino. Also surviving are his mother Oliva and many siblings. Burial will be in the Dominican Republic.

Elizabeth A. (Beth) Higgins

Elizabeth A. Higgins peacefully passed away on May 14.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Interment was in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair.

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Beth was born on Jan. 23, 1951, to Peter B. Higgins Jr. and Eilish B. Toner. She graduated from Holy Cross Elementary School, St. Vincent Academy and Kean College. Beth was a loving sister to Peter, Jack and Michael, devoted sister- in- law to Doreen, Terry and Mary Jean, and loving aunt to Brian, Karen, Kevin, Jack, Annie and Kate.

In 1979, Beth began her longtime service to the Town of Harrison. In 1986 she was appointed to the position of Municipal Treasurer for Harrison and the role of CFO was added in 1997. In addition, Beth was treasurer for the Harrison Redevelopment Agency in 2002 and the custodian of school funds for the Board of Education. From 2001 to 2010, Beth also served as the municipal treasurer and CFO for the Borough of East Newark. She retired from all of her positions in 2010 due to her illness.

Harrison Mayor Raymond McDonough said: “Beth was a great woman who loved the town and the people of Harrison. She put her heart and soul in her job and worked long hours. She brought her whole department into the 21st century. All the computers, data terminals were brought in by her. Beth had a big heart – she tried to help a lot of people. The whole Higgins family is a class act.”

Prior to her service to the citizens of Harrison, Beth worked for Motel 6 Corp. in California and Squire, Schilling & Skiff in Newark.

She served as treasurer for the Tax Collectors and Treasurers Association of New Jersey 2006-2010. She was also a member of the Tax Collector and Treasures Association of Essex, Hudson, Union and Passaic counties.

When not working, Beth spent much of her time in South Belmar/Lake Como enjoying the Jersey Shore with her family. Beth is predeceased by her father Peter B. Higgins Jr, mother Eilish B. Higgins (nee Toner), brother Peter B. Higgins III, and sister-in-law Terry Spano. Her spirit will live on in those who survive her: brothers Jack of Roseland, and Michael of Emmaus, Pa., her sisters-in-law Doreen Higgins, of Lake Como, and Mary Jean Higgins, of Emmaus, Pa., her nephew Brian and his wife Karen of Macungie, Pa., Kevin of Lake Como, Jack and his wife Anne of High Bridge and her niece Kate of Bethlehem, Pa., and her great-nephews Zack, Timmy, Sean and Daniel. She will also be greatly missed by her aunts, Catherine Hayner, of Verona and Helen Robinson, of Lakewood, and many cousins. In the last years of her life she received loving care from her brothers and sisters-in-law as well as her dear cousin Patti Gerris.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Beth’s name to Camp Fatima of New Jersey, P.O. Box 654, Harrison, N.J. 07029 or c/o Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, N.J. 07029.

Veronica Kaduscwicz

Veronica Kaduscwicz, (nee Doyle) 82, of Kearny, died on May 11.

Beloved wife of the late John Kaduscwicz, she was the devoted mother of John, Ronald and Michael Kaduscwicz, Mrs. Nancy Lo Bianco and her husband William, and Mrs. Maureen Harris; cherished grandmother of Kimberly, Ronald, Nicole, Pamela, Kenneth, Lindsay, Crystal, Lisa, and Jeffrey and great- grandmother of Thomas, Jason, Alexandra, Trinity and Vincent; dear sister of the late Dorothy McBride, Joan Malinowski, John Doyle, Margaret Alfano, and Patrick Doyle and mother-in-law of the late Maureen, Judith, Lorraine and Michael.

Born in Kearny, she lived in Harrison before moving to Kearny in 1980.

Veronica was a homemaker. Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny on Wednesday, May 15. Her interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, c/o the funeral home in memory of Veronica.

Brunette Kahn Mallon

Brunette Kahn Mallon, 80, passed away peacefully on May 17.

She grew up in Kearny, prior to moving to West Orange 52 years ago. She was a loving and caring person. She enjoyed people and found her calling as the social director at Sun Valley Swim Club, Cabana Club and finally at Daughters of Israel.

Brunette was the president of the Jewish War Veterans Post 538, named for her brother Sanford L. Kahn. She was involved in veterans’ causes throughout her life. These activities included visiting VA hospitals as well as decorating the graves of veterans.

Predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Heywood, she is survived by her three children: Manette (Jeffrey) Scheininger, Alette (Keith) Slobodien, and Sanford (Pam) Mallon. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Daniel and Ava Scheininger, Michael and AJ Mallon, and Sayde, Rachel, and Harrison Solobodien, as well as her “brother” Sidney Weiss.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 20, at Temple B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills. Interment was at B’nai Jeshurun Cemetery, Hillside.

Donations in her memory can be made to Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills. Arrangements were by Bernheim- Apter-Kreitzman Suburan Funeral Chapel, Livingston.

Lynn Catherine Olson

Lynn Catherine Olson, 65, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Friday, May 17.

Born in Newark, she was the daughter of Clifford Olson and the l ate Catherine Smith Olson. Lynn was a member of St. Agnes Episcopal Church.

In addition to her father, she is survived by a goddaughter, Regina Mascellino.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, Franklin, N.C. The Rev. Dori Pratt will officiate. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Agnes Episcopal Church, c/o Karen Welch, 84 Church St., Franklin, N.C. 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

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