Vincent F. Carchidi

Mr. Vincent F. Carchidi, of Kearny, died on Saturday, March 29. He was 81 and a longtime Kearny resident.

The funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday, April 2, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by the interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the Condon Funeral Home ( 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny, on Tuesday, April 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Vince was a fixture working the polls in Kearny during municipal and school board elections. He was also a member of the Watchung Amateur Ski Club for 52 years and enjoyed spending time at his home in the Catskills.

He was employed as a general manager and advertising specialist with the Kearny Observer for over 25 years until retiring.

He was a proud Army veteran of the Korean War.

Mr. Carchidi is survived by his sister, Rose Carchidi; his nieces and nephews Roseanne and Craig Stewart, John and Sharon Carchidi and Christine and Daniel McShane. Also surviving are his great-nieces and nephews Christopher McShane, Daniel and Linette McShane, Jackie and John McNally and Alex McShane. He was predeceased by his siblings Clara A. and Joseph (Jackie) Carchidi.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donations to Pathways for Independence, 60 Kingsland Ave., Kearny, N.J. 07032.

Hubert Churchman

Hubert “Frank” Churchman, 92, passed away on March 23 at Newton Medical Center.

Born and raised in Kearny to the late Percy James and Mary (Billingham) Churchman, he lived in Flanders before moving to Sussex County in 2005. Along with his wife, Therese, Mr. Churchman summered in Stuart, Fla., from 1993 to 2004.

He served in the United States Army in the 347th Infantry during World War II and received a Bronze Star and was a member of the American Legion Post 213 in Wantage. He was an assistant coach for Thistle FC of Kearny.

Mr. Churchman was employed as a truck driver and dispatcher for Chasta Motor Transportation in Kearny, retiring in 1987.

He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Therese, on February 16, 2009; his son, Francis “Frank” Churchman on September 10, 2009; and his daughter-in-law, JoAnne Churchman on December 18, 2008. He is survived by his three sons, Brian of Wantage, Mark of Wharton, and James of Wantage; his daughter, Nancy Mary Shaffer and her husband Harry of Lake Ariel, Pa.; and his five grandchildren.

Arrangements were by the Pinkel Funeral Home, 31 Bank St., Sussex. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to the Wantage First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 721, Wantage, N.J. 07461. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

Charles E. Ferruggio

Charles E. Ferruggio, 66, died March 24 at the Maple Glen Center in Fair Lawn.

Born in New York, N.Y., he lived in North Arlington before moving to Oakland 12 years ago. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He was an operating engineer with Local 825 in Springfield for 35 years before retiring five years ago.

He was the cherished companion of 22 years of Marietta Galdi, the adored father of Jason C. Ferruggio, the loving brother of Sam Ferruggio and the dear uncle of Andrea Ferruggio.

The funeral was from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Rd., North Arlington, on Friday, March 28, with a funeral Mass at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Joann L. Gorba

Joann L. Gorba died March 12 at home. She was 48.

Born in Kearny, she was a lifelong resident.

A memorial service was held at the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home. To leave online condolences, please visit

Joann is survived by her daughter Ashley and her sisters and brother Julie Kammerer, Sherri MacLeod and James Gorba. She is also the beloved aunt of Julie, Sean and Kristen Clark.

Theresa Kosciuch

Theresa Kosciuch (nee Paschenko) died March 27. She was 86.

Born in Harrison, she lived in Kearny the past 64 years.

Private arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. To leave online condolences, please visit

Theresa is survived by her husband William and her children and their spouses John and Molly Kosciuch and Elaine and William Lombardi. Also surviving are her grandchildren Liza, Sara, Nicole and Michele and her great grandchildren Noah and Dean.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Alzheimers Foundation.

Patrick Francis Murtagh

Patrick Francis Murtagh, 82, entered into eternal rest on March 27.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Tuesday, April 1, at 10:15 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at St. Aloysius Church, Newark, at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Friends may call on Tuesday, starting at 9:30 a.m. For information or directions, please visit

Born in French Parp, Ireland, he was a lifelong resident of Newark. He worked as a machine operator for PFAFF and Kendall in Newark for 30 years, retiring in 1994. Prior to Kendall, he worked for Commercial Can in Newark. He was a member of Roscommon Club in New York City, and he was an avid Mets fan and enjoyed playing the lottery.

Patrick is survived by his sister Anna Thompson and his brother Joseph Murtagh, his cousins Margaret ”Jeannie” Brynes, Helen Brennen and Mary Vaughn and many friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Margaret (Byron) Murtagh and his uncle, John Murtagh.

Eleanor M. Nauen

Eleanor M. Nauen died March 23. She was 84.

Born in Paterson, she lived in Florida for many years before moving to Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church and burial followed in Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah.

Eleanor is survived by her sister Henrietta Mawhinney, four nieces, one nephew and their families.

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