Frank Goresh

Frank Goresh passed away on Sunday, Jan. 5, surrounded by his family.

Born on Jan. 3, 1940, Frank just celebrated his 74th birthday. He was born in Newark, and became a longtime resident of Kearny.

He was employed by the United States Postal Service for 29 years before retiring in 2000. Frank loved his country and served in the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany in 1962 and was honorable discharged in 1968.

His hobbies were collecting memorabilia for the Civil War and taking trips to Gettysburg, Va. Frank also enjoyed watching old-time movies and relaxing in his favorite chair.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Frank M. and Julia Goresh, son Keith T. Goresh, two grandsons Michael F. Goresh and Ryan M. Goresh and a brother Alexander (Ally) Goresh. He is predeceased by his parents Frank and Stella (D’Mytrowitz) Goresh and a brother John Goresh and says goodbye to two long-time friends Joseph Fernandez and Salvator Petruzzi.

A private ceremony was arranged by Shaw-Buyus Home for Services, 138 Davis Avenue, Kearny, and Frank has an eternal resting place at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Barbara Jean Gorski

Barbara Jean (Laue) Gorski, 60, of Honesdale, died on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Regional Hospital in Scranton, Pa. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Chester “Chet” Gorski Jr. The couple married on May 8, 1975, in St. Cecilia’s Church in Kearny.

Born on June 9, 1953, in Irvington, she was the daughter of the late Hans and Dorothy Laue. She was a graduate of Irvington High School, class of 1971. Shortly thereafter, she met her future husband while she was a member of the Woodsiders Drum and Bugle Corps in Harrison, and became engaged in 1974. Barb became the youngest Worthy Matron of the Irvington Chapter of the Eastern Star.

Barb and her husband resided in Kearny, and she was employed as a dental technician with Custom Cast in Irvington. In 1989, she and her family moved to Masthope Ski Mountain Community in Lackawaxen, Pa. Shortly after, she began working at Woodloch Pines Resort in Hawley, Pa., as a reservation clerk. In 2008 she moved to Beach Lake, Pa. and retired from Woodloch in 2011.

Barb was a proud deacon at the First Presbyterian Church in Honesdale, Pa., past VFW Ladies Auxiliary President of Honesdale Post 531, past member of the Masthope Mountain Board of Directors and a Cub Scout Den Leader of Pack 410 of the Beach Lake UMC.

Barb’s love, support, smiling face and positive attitude will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter Jennifer Thomas and husband David of Lackawaxen, Pa.; her son Chester “Andy” Gorski of Beach Lake, Pa.; her brother Joseph Laue and wife JoAnn of Lincroft; her grandchildren Logan Gorski and Kole Gorski Thomas and also her beloved dogs Sarge, Semper, Shotzie and Izzy.

Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church in Honesdale, followed by interment in Indian Orchard Cemetery, Honesdale, Pa. Arrangements were by the Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., Honesdale, Pa.. Condolences may be sent to

Memorial contributions can be made to VFW Ladies Auxiliary, 736 Main St., Honesdale, Pa. 18431.

John E. Jimenez

John E. Jimenez died Jan. 7 at home. He was 72.

Born in Puerto Rico, John lived in Union for 21 years and prior to that, he lived in Irvington.

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

John was formerly married to Catherine (nee McGaheran). He was the father of Katy Hayes, Susan, John E. Jr., and David Jimenez and the late Robin Lynn Jimenez and brother of Pedro Jimenez and Teresa and Carmen Velez. He is also survived by his four grandchildren James Logan, Jenna Heather, Fiona Raven and Brooklynne Reilly.

Frederick J. Kuhrt Jr.

Frederick J. “Freddie” “Rick” Kuhrt Jr., 58, a lifelong resident of Kearny, died suddenly on Jan. 9.

Arrangements were by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr.

A Mass of Christian burial was officiated at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Cremation was private.

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Mr. Kuhrt was an automotive technology teacher at Kearny High School for 34 years. He received his B.A. in Industrial Technology at Kean University.

He was a member of the NJEA, the Kearny Teacher’s Association, The Wanderers Car Club of Sussex County, The MG Car Club of Central N.J., The Saxton Falls Hunting Club, president of The Owsego Fishing Club of Kearny, former head coach of The Rifle Club and Freshman Football Coach both at Kearny High School and a seasonal camper at The Great Divide, Green Township.

He was the beloved husband of Deborah Rossi Kuhrt for 34 years, son of Stephanie Levchak Kuhrt and the late Frederick J. Kuhrt Sr., father of Frederick J. “Rick” Kuhrt III (Nicole), member of The NJSP Netcong Barracks and Michael Kuhrt, brother of John Kuhrt (Karen), Lorraine Fitzgerald (Richard) and Garry Kuhrt.

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship at Kearny High School will be created in Mr. Kuhrt’s name and contributions to that scholarship would be appreciated.

Edilia E. Perez

Edilia E. Perez (nee Fadraga) 81, of Kearny, died on Jan. 9 at her home.

A Mass of Christian burial was officiated at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mrs. Perez was born in Maximo Gomez, Cuba and came to the United States in 1971, settling in Newark and moving to Kearny in 1980. She was a member of The Breast Cancer Survivor Foundation, Kearny.

She exemplified the American Dream. Through hard work and dedication to her family and her country that she loved, she was able to raise a family, travel through Europe and Latin America and purchase her house in Kearny in 1980. Her legacy of love lives on in the hearts of all whose lives she touched.

She was the beloved wife of Juan J. Perez of 52 years, dear mother of Maria Rockfol (Donald), grandmother of Katarina Rockfol, sister of Sarah Goyenechea (Manuel), Eva Tovar and the late Hilda Alfonso, Carlos and Miguel Fadraga, sister-in-law of Roberto Alfonso, aunt of Victoria Fadraga-Matos (Raymon) and their son Raymon, Carlos Goyenechea (Maureen) and their sons Kevin and Ryan, Manuel Goyenechea and Esperanza Clinchot (Charles) and their daughters Kaitlyn and Alexis.

In lieu of flowers, donations To Make A Wish Foundation, 1347 Perrineville Rd., Monroe Township, N.J. 08831 ( would be appreciated.

James Perritt

James Perritt, 70, died on Jan. 4.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. The funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation.

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James was born in Jersey City and was a lifelong resident of Kearny.

He served in the U.S. Marines from 1966 to 1968.

Mr. Perritt worked for Monsanto Chemical, which later became Solutia Chemical, in South Kearny for 45 years, retiring several years ago.

James was a member of Frobisher Post 99 American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, both of Kearny.

He is survived by his wife JoAnne (nee Generoso); three daughters Tracey Solinski (Michael), Katherine Perritt and Kelly Perritt; two sisters Sandra Strain and Georgene Delaney; two brothers Arthur and Edward Perritt and his five beloved grandchildren; Nicholas and Jonathon Solinski and Christopher, Gianna and Juliana Perritt.

He was predeceased by his parents James and Margaret (Matthews) Perritt and his sister Diane Santamassino.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38101.

Henry M. Sarnas

Henry M. Sarnas, 64, passed away on Friday, Jan. 10, at Community Hospital in Toms River. He was born in Irvington and resided in Kearny for many years before moving to Bayville.

Henry attended Newark College of Engineering. He worked for PSE&G in Harrison (Gas Generating plant) for many years.

He was the beloved brother of Deacon John Sarnas and his wife Zofia, and the late Robert Sarnas; brother-in law of Donna Sarnas; cherished uncle of Magdalena and Malwina; loyal friend of 50 years, Robert Testa.

Relatives and friends are welcome to attend the funeral on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 9 a.m. at the Shaw- Buyus Home for Services, 138 Davis Ave., at Bergen Ave. Kearny. Thence to Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny, where at 10 a.m., the funeral Mass will be offered. Cremation is private. Visitation is on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 3 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 (donor would be appreciated.

Evelyn V. Sirois

Evelyn V. (nee Cullen) Sirois of North Arlington (formerly of Bayonne) passed away on Sunday, Jan. 12, at the age of 88. Born in Jersey City, she had lived in Bayonne before moving to North Arlington 30 years ago. She was a tube tester with R.C.A. in Harrison for over 30 years prior to her retirement.

Mrs. Sirois was predeceased by her husband, Reginald A. Sirois; step-son Brian Sirois; sister, Margaret Hoey and brother William Cullen. Surviving are her sisterin- law, Anna Mae Cullen; nieces and nephews, Janice Cullen, Debbie Petruska, Kathleen Chapman, Eileen McNamara, Charles Hoey, and Kenneth Hoey.

Visitation will be at the Dzikowski, Pierce & Levis Funeral Home, 24 E. 19th St., Bayonne, on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be from the funeral home on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

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Margaret T. Was

Margaret T. Was (nee Reto), 87, of Clifton, passed away peacefully on Jan. 10.

Born in East Newark, Margaret was raised in Harrison, graduated from Holy Cross School in 1940 and then Holy Cross Commercial in 1942. She lived in Clifton for the past 49 years. Before retirement, she had been employed as a substitute secretary for the Clifton Board of Education for seven years. Prior employment had been as a production manager with Fischer-Stevens in Clifton.

She was a faithful attendee of St. Clare RC Church in Clifton. Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Stanley Was; her former husband, Francis Rowland; and by her sister, Ellen McNamara.

She is survived by her children and loved ones: Patrick Rowland and his wife, Mary Jane, of Old Bridge; John Rowland and Linda Kain of Lakewood; Thomas Rowland of Kearny and Theresa Fleming; Jane Garbus of Clifton; and Ellen Kilpatrick and her husband, Joseph, of West Orange. She is also survived by her dear niece, Ellen Jennings of Madison. Margaret left behind four grandchildren: Nicole Bakaj and her husband, Thomas Mullen; Pamela Tracy and her husband, Stephen; Kelsey Rowland; and Anna Garbus. She also leaves behind four great-grandchildren: Archer and Kieran Mullen and Vanessa and Cameron Tracy.

All of the above consider it a blessing to have been a part of her life.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. from the Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 1313 Van Houten Ave., Clifton, and 10 a.m. at St. Clare RC Church, 31 Allwood Rd., Clifton. Final service will follow at East Ridgelawn Cemetery, 244 Main Ave., Clifton. Please visit for driving directions and online condolences.

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