Robert W. Balmforth

Robert W. Balmforth, 67, of Ft. Myers Beach, Fla., formerly of Kearny, passed away on Sept 13. Born on July 15, 1946, in Kearny, he was a son of Robert W. and Alice L. (O’Malley) Balmforth.

A Navy veteran, he retired from Troy Rubber and Engraving, West Orange, and was a member of the Liars Club, VFW, Moose Lodge of Ft Myers Beach and a former member of the Jersey Coast Shark Anglers, Brick.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda “Molly” (Moran) Balmforth, his beloved pet, Callie, his sisters, Mary Wilson (Barbara), Linda Liberta (Henry), Karen Barrett (Edward), eight nieces and nephews and numerous grandnieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in Florida. Donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105. Friends may sign the guest book at

Anthony Joseph ‘Tony’ D’Avino

Anthony Joseph “Tony” D’Avino passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Elizabeth. He was 96.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1917, Tony was left to fend for himself by an absent widowed father. He entered his teens just as this country was entering into the Great Depression. Like most young men, he served as a soldier during World War II. After the war, Tony became a truck driver, handling a variety of vehicles, hauling cars and freight, and traveling to nearly every town and city in this country. It was a profession he excelled at for 40 years and it offered him both independence and the means to provide for a wife and family. For 20 of those years he drove for Yale Transport in Maspeth, N.Y., retiring in 1977. He continued working, after trucking, as a hospital security officer until he was 80.

In 1949, Tony married Eva, his wife for more than 60 years, and with her gave their three children love, security, a stable family life, and all of the advantages that neither of them had. In 1959, Tony relocated the family to Newton where he resided until moving to Atria in Cranford in 2005.

Predeceased by his wife, Eva (2010), Tony is survived by his son Anthony Provine and his wife Margaret, and his daughters Frances Mulligan and her husband Dennis and Rosemary D’Avino-Jones and her husband Alan. He is also survived by two granddaughters and five great-grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by many nephews and nieces in the United States and Italy. He was preceded in death by his sisters Rita D’Avino and Rosa Matrone.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison, and his interment followed at Brigadier General W.C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown. For information or to send condolences, please visit

The family kindly requests that donations be made to: The Center for Hope Hospice, 1900 Raritan Rd. Scotch Plains, N.J. 07076 in memory of Tony.

Eileen T. Petrizzo

Eileen T. Petrizzo (nee Costello) died Sept. 20 at Hackensack Medical Center. She was 79.

Born in Jersey City, she lived many years in North Arlington.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit

Eileen was the wife of the late Thomas M. Petrizzo. She is survived by her daughters and their husbands Judy and Ray Sousa and Christina and Brian Theiss: her sisters Betty Young and Kate Burke; and her grandchildren Tomasina, Nuno, Jacob and Brianna. She was predeceased by her stepdaughter Maryann Petrizzo.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Eugenia Wusyk

Eugenia Wusyk (nee Cashill), 80, of Kearny, died Sept. 15, with her family by her side.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church and followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence please visit

She was the beloved wife of the late Adam Wusyk.; devoted mother to Denise and her husband Alan, Joseph and his wife Colleen, David, Laurie and her husband George, and the late Judith, sister of Raymond Cashill and Jane Rogacki. She is also survived by her cherished 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and her dog Toby.

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