Paula Cornejo 

Paula Cornejo died April 10. She was 87.

Born in Peru, she lived in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. A funeral service was held from the funeral home, followed by a private cremation.

The wife of Augusto Cornejo, Paula is survived by her children Arturo, Alicia, Marlene Jose and Cesar, eight siblings, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Robert A. DeSimone 

Robert A. DeSimone, 71, passed away on Friday, April 10.

Born in Paterson, Mr. DeSimone lived in Texas and Jersey City before moving to Lyndhurst 20 years ago. He retired as an educator and football coach from the Jersey City Board of Education 10 years ago. Mr. DeSimone was a graduate of Peru State College in Nebraska and a member of the Jersey City Educators Association and the N.J.E.A.

He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife Jami Ellen (Applebee) and his parents Carmine and Irene (Pignoni) DeSimone.

He is survived by his daughters Michele Clark and Monica DeSimone, a granddaughter Emily Nicole, his brother Carmine DeSimone and his sisters Carol Schatel and Domenica Pivko.

Arrangements were by the S.W. Brown and Son Funeral Home, (, 267 Centre St., Nutley.

Carmella Hubert

Carmella Hubert (nee Bruzzi) died on April 17. She was 87.

Born in Bayonne, she lived many years in Kearny and East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Arrangements are by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, (www.armitagewiggins. com) 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church and burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Carmella “Mel” was a retired accounts clerk from Clearcast and was a member of the Seniors, both in Kearny.

Wife of the late Joseph P. “Curley” Hubert, she is survived by her son Joseph and his wife Catherine Hubert. She was predeceased by her son Richard. She was the sister of Sam Bruzzi, Josephine McEwan, Rose Polifrone, Frances Ditillo and the late Anthony, Jimmy and Catherine Bruzzi; and sister-in-law of Barbara Hubert and the late Alma Powell. Also surviving are her granddaughters Stephanie and Christina.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Alzheimers Association.

Katarzyna Kopcio

Katarzyna Kopcio (nee Zarow), 96, died on Thursday, April 16.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Interment was in Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery, Doylestown, Pa.

Mrs. Kopcio was born in Poland and immigrated to this country in 1952. She lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., before moving to Kearny 45 years ago.

She is survived by her son Richard Kopcio and his wife Grazyna; one sister Janina Szumala; grandchildren George Legendziewicz and his wife Cathy, Regina Wall and her husband Rich and Kristen Moreng and her husband Brett; and two great-grandchildren Jake and Shane Wall.

Katarzyna was predeceased by her husband Franciszek Kopcio and her daughter Kazimiera Legendziewicz and her husband Jozef; her son Chester Kopcio; and one grandson John Legendziewicz.

Rose A. McLafferty 

Rose A. McLafferty (nee Cruickshanks) passed away April 7. She was 102.

Born in Greenock, Scotland, she lived in Pennsylvania before moving to Kearny in 1977.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, (www.armitagewiggins. com) 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Rose was a member of the Henrietta Benstead Seniors.

Wife of the late Anthony, she is survived by her daughter Maureen Gaydos, grandsons and their wives Mark and Laura and Albert and Margaret Gaydos and her great-grandchildren Matthew and Sofia. She was predeceased by her daughter Sarah and her son Anthony.

Thomas Henry Miterko 

Thomas Henry Miterko, 65, of Switzerland, Fla., passed away unexpectedly on April 12 at his residence.

Thomas was born in Newark and grew up in Kearny.

He worked many years as an electrician for AT&T. Thomas loved hot rods and classic cars. He was a very caring father and grandfather, who will be deeply missed.

He is survived by a daughter, Sheree Rauner of Arizona; grandchildren, Freddy and Sean; a brother, Jack Miterko of Pennsylvania; and a sister, Glorianne Toolan of Orange Park.

St. Johns Family Funeral Home in St. Augustine, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.

Edward ‘Mickey’ Pshybyshefski 

Edward “Mickey” Pshybyshefski entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, April 15, at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville. He was 85.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. His interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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Born and raised in Harrison, he lived most of his life there before moving to Belleville in 1992. Edward was an ironworker for Ironworkers Union Local 11, Springfield, for 38 years. retiring in 1981. He served his country in the U.S. Army, and was a veteran of World War II.

Predeceased by his wife Claire (1996), Edward is survived by his loving children and their spouses, Maureen Fraszczak and her husband Raymond, Edward Pshybyshefski and his wife Karen and Audrey Davey and her husband Kevin; and cherished grandchildren Tina Fellers, Raymond Fraszczak, Edward Pshybyshefski and his wife Gillian, Lauren Davey, Tara Docherty and husband Tony, Brian Davey and Danny Pshybyshefski. He is also survived by his dear great-grandchildren Jake, Zack, Taylor, Thomas, Avery and Connor.

Memorial contributions would be appreciated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 Park Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 in loving memory of Edward.

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