Maria Fatima Castro

Maria Fatima Castro, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Feb. 8, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was 57.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A memorial Mass was offered at St. Rose of Lima Church, Newark, on Monday, Feb. 17.

Born in Salreu, Estarreja, Portugal, Maria lived in Newark for the last 30 years. A dedicated wife and mother, Maria greatly enjoyed caring for her family. In her spare time, she enjoyed knitting and gardening.

Maria is survived by her beloved husband, Vitorino (married 35 years), loving children, Veronica Coston and her husband Yondale, Vito Castro Jr., Steven Concepcion, and Najla Chaneyfield, cherished grandchildren, Yondale, Jr. and Sophia, dear siblings, Dulce de Sa Rodrigues, Carlos Alberto de Sa Rodrigues and Jose de Sa Rodrigues. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, an expression of sympathy may be made to St. Rose of Lima Church, 11 Gray St., Newark, N.J. 07107 or to a charity of choice in loving memory of Maria.

Kimberly Ann LaSalle


Kimberly LaSalle, (McSorley) entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Feb. 13. She was 46.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A viewing was held at the funeral home on Monday, Feb. 17. Her cremation was private.

Born in Kearny, Kimberly lived most of her life in the Harrison and Kearny areas before moving to Dunellen. She worked for the HELM U.S. Chemical Corp, Piscataway, as a logistics manager. She was a member of the Harrison/East Newark Elks B.P.O.E #2326. She received an Associate Degree in business administration from Hudson County Community College, Jersey City.

In her free time, Kimberly was an avid reader. She was an animal lover and loved spending time with her friends and family.

She is survived by her loving companion, Joseph Gibbons and their daughter, Courtney LaSalle, beloved mother, Dorothy Latham, dear sisters, Nanette and Danielle LaSalle. She is also survived by many nieces and cousins.

Stanley Lubas

Stanley Lubas entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Feb. 15. He was 88.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 9:15 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison, at 10 a.m. Friends may call Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m and Wednesday from 8:45 a.m. His interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information or directions, please visit

Born in Poland, Stanley moved to Kearny in 1968, before moving to Allamuchy Township 10 years ago. He worked as a carpenter for Continental Electric, Newark, before retiring. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. He enjoyed making furniture and gardening as hobbies.

Predeceased by his wife, Anna and a son, Jan Lubas, he is survived by his loving children Eugenia, Diane, Irene, Sophie and Edward, 14 cherished grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Raymond James McDonough

Raymond James McDonough, Mayor of Harrison, died suddenly on Feb. 12 in the Harrison Town Hall. He was 65.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was offered at Holy Cross Church, Harrison, on Monday, Feb. 17. His entombment took place in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.

A lifelong resident of Harrison, Mayor McDonough was born on Feb. 2, 1949 to Raymond J. McDonough Sr. and Marie Young McDonough. He attended Holy Cross School and Essex Catholic High School.

He worked as a member of Plumber’s Local #24 for 33 years as well as with the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission. He was a commissioner of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, a position to which he was appointed by the governor. He was a member of Harrison East Newark Elks B.P.O.E. #2326 and the Knights of Columbus #402 of Harrison. Before becoming mayor in 2005, Mayor McDonough served on the Harrison Town Council for 17 years. His life of service focused on the needs and the development of the town of Harrison and the needs of the citizens, whom he served faithfully during his terms of office.

Mayor McDonough is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years Constance Kowalski McDonough, by his twin brother, Thomas McDonough and his wife Ann of Harrison, his sisters Maureen Miller of Sparta, and Kathleen Fitzpatrick of Los Angeles, Calif., his brothers-in-law and their wives Gregory and Inez Kowalski and Dr. Mark and Laure Kowalski, his nieces and nephews, Kimberly Huaranga and her husband Alfredo of Nutley, Thomas J. McDonough and his wife Tara of Harrison, Dr. Kara Fitzpatrick and husband David Bajot of Palo Alto, Calif., Michael Fitzpatrick and wife Suzi of Mission Viejo, Calif., Dr. Breena Taira and her husband Dr. Taku Taira of Glendale, Calif., Adam and Celina Kowalski of Clinton, and Alex and Ava Kowalski of Winchester, Mass. He is also survived by his great-nieces and nephews Anthony & Giuliana Huaranga, Lev & Sei Taira, and Katie & Sarah Fitzpatrick of Mission Viejo, Calif. and all of his cat friends.

Mayor McDonough was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Marie McDonough, his cousin Patrick Young, and very recently by his beloved sister Mary Victoria McDonough, with whom he shared the love of Harrison, an interest in politics, and a life of good deeds and charity.

Mayor McDonough will be missed by his wife, his family and the citizens of Harrison, all of whom benefited from his love and concern for their well-being and happiness.

Following in Raymond’s life long example, donations may be made to the Holy Cross Restoration Fund, 16 Church Square, Harrison, N.J .07029 or the Harrison Education Foundation, 501 Hamilton St., Harrison, N.J. in loving memory of Raymond.

Ernest L. Podolski

Ernest L. Podolski died on Feb. 10. He was 84.

Born in Jersey City, he lived in Kearny for the past 52 years.

Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. To leave an online condolence please visit www.armitagewiggins. com.

Mr. Podolski, a Korean War veteran, was decorated with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a retired shop steward for Wakefern Foods in Elizabeth. Ernest was a member of the VFW in Kearny.

Husband of Jean (nee Baillie), he is survived by his children and their spouses Michael Podolski, Stephen and Roseann Podolski and Richard and Kathleen Podolski. Brother of Donald Joseph Podolski and Doris Canzano he is also survived by his grandchildren Sean, Shannon, James, Brian and Michele.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project.

Gerald Stadtler

Gerald Stadtler passed away on Jan. 4, 2014.

He was born on June 22, 1985 in Newark.

Surviving are his father Ralph Stadtler, sisters and brothers Ralph Stadtler Jr.; Lisa Davis, Danny Stadtler, Tracy Segarra, Brandon Bambrick and Thomas Stadtler; seven nieces and nephews; 10 aunts and uncles, not to mention numerous cousins throughout numerous states.

Viewing will be on Feb. 28 from 2-4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Las Rosas, 1055 East Jersey St., Elizabeth. Burial will be on March 1 at 9 a.m. in Rosehill Cemetery, Linden.

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