Rasheed Hassan 

Rasheed Hassan, of Jersey City, died May 25. He was 77. He was born in Guiana.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation.

He is survived by his dear companion Luchni, his daughter Prattima Kaulessar, his brother Shaheed and two grandchildren.

Joseph A. Humphreys 

Joseph A. Humphreys, of Medford, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, May 27, surrounded by his loving family. He was 87.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A memorial Mass will be held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison, on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. He will be buried at sea with the assistance of the U.S. Navy.

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Born in Harrison, he lived most of his life in Harrison before moving to Australia in 1968, then to Medford in 1972. He worked for Operating Engineers Local 825, Springfield, for many years, retiring in 1990. Prior to that, he was a merchant seaman for the United State Merchant Marine for many years. Joseph served his country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II as well as the United States Merchant Marine during World War II.

Predeceased by his wife Eleanor “Ellie” Humphreys (nee Elston), he is survived by his loving children Paddy Humphreys, Maryann Mc- Colgan and her husband William, Joseph Mark Humphreys, Daniel T. Humphreys (deceased) and Kim Noleen Campbell and her husband Martin, and his cherished grandchildren Sarah McColgan, Sydney Rose Campbell and Daniel Ian Campbell. He was also predeceased by his brothers William (Bill) Humphreys, James (Jimmy) Humphreys and sister Margaret (Peggy) Canaley (nee Humphreys) and cherished cousin James (Jimmy) Sherlock and his two best friends Irv Goldberg and Patrick Gallagher.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Naval Academy Alumni Association, 121 Blake Road, Annapolis, Md. 21402 in loving memory of Joseph.

Nora Riposta 

Nora Riposta passed away on May 19 at the home of her daughter Barbara. She was 90.

Born in Jermyn, Pa., she lived most of her life in Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. To leave an online condolence, please visit

Through the years, Mrs. Riposta worked at R.C.A., Riposta’s Diner and Insulfab Plastics.

Wife of the late Gerardo Riposta, Nora is survived by her daughter Barbara Pearson (James) and her son Anthony Riposta. Sister of Margaret Maida, she is also survived by her grandchildren Dr. James Pearson (Kathleen), Kristoffer Pearson (Kathryn), Arielle Riposta and Amberly Riposta, along with her great-grandchildren Haley Ann Pearson and Brady James Pearson.

Eric Shorock 

Eric Shorock passed away quietly at his Kearny home on May 19. He was 58.

Cremation was private and a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Eric was the third son of the late Isobel and Walter Shorock. His oldest brother Donald and his wife preceded him in death. He is survived by his brother Paul and his wife; his nephew Thomas and his wife; his niece Rachel and her husband; and three great-nephews.

Born in Jersey City, he was a longtime resident of Kearny. In his youth, Eric was active in scouting and captained the Kearny High School swim team, Class of 1974. He held a variety of jobs as a stationary engineer and was a member of IUOE Local 68.

He spent the best days of life on ski slopes or kayaking. His many friends grieve with the family remembering his easy-going style, generosity and compassion.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.

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In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Kearny’s Grace UMC Outreach, care of the funeral home.

Edmund T. Wiss 

Edmund T. Wiss, 98, of Kearny, died on May 24 at home.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Wiss lived in Kearny since 1954. He was the founder and owner of Edwiss Jewelers, Harrison, for 38 years, retiring in 1994. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Michigan in 1937. He was the past president of the Polish University Club of New Jersey.

Mr. Wiss met the love of his life, Sophie, at a dance in Somerset. They both enjoyed traveling the world, especially their many vacations in Aruba, as well as the many polkas they danced together throughout the years.

He was the beloved husband of the late Sophie Drentkiewicz Wiss, father of Edwina, Jay (Susan) and Paul (Jill) Wiss, brother of Helen Dichek, grandfather of Christopher (Patrice) and Craig (Leah) Wiss and Joy (Erik) Jacobsen and Morgen (William) Christopher, and great-grandfather of nine grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Children’s Institute, a school for children with autism and related disabilities, in support of Bailey Wiss, Edmund’s great-grandson, 15 Bloomfield Ave., Verona, N.J. 07044 or The Polish University Scholarship Fund, 177 Broadway, Clark, N.J. 07066 would be appreciated.

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