Donald Bain 

Donald Bain, 83, died on June 13 at his home in Kearny.

The funeral will be from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Friday, June 19, at 8:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, at 9:30 a.m. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Visiting will be on Thursday, June 18, from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Mr. Bain was born in Newark and was a lifelong resident of Kearny.

He was an ironworker employed by Ironworkers Local 11 in Bloomfield for over 30 years.

Donald is survived by his children Donna Kupferschmid and her husband Kevin; Connie McMillan and her husband Keith; Terri Zarnowski, Donald A. Bain and his wife Connie; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his daughter Linda Davis and his wife Pilar (McCombs) Bain.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association at

Nancy Chickene 

Nancy Chickene, 63, passed away suddenly on June 2 at her home.

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

She was born and raised in Kearny and was a graduate of Kearny High School. Nancy was employed as an executive assistant at both Fidelity Union and Prudential Insurance Company in Newark, retiring in 2011 after 30 years.

She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Kearny and belonged to Diamond Springs Swim Club in Nutley where she enjoyed her summers.

Nancy was loving, generous and devoted to her family. She is survived by her father Frank Chickene (of Chickene Funeral Home formerly in Kearny) and his wife Lorraine of Spring Lake. Also surviving are her sisters Mary Lee of Kearny, Terri Watson and her husband Danny of West Caldwell, niece Carly Watson (and fiancé Nick) and nephew Jack Watson. She also leaves behind an aunt and many cousins. Nancy was predeceased by her mother Irene and sisters Frances and Susan.

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Mary Ann Comprelli 

Mary Ann Comprelli passed away on June 13. She was 93.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Wednesday June 17, at 9:15 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at St. Anthony’s Church, East Newark, at 10 a.m. Interment follows in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 16, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Wednesday, starting at 8:45 a.m. For information, directions or to send condolences to the family, please visit

Mary was born in Harrison on Jan. 1, 1922. She grew up and was raised there and later lived in Kearny and Point Pleasant before moving to East Hanover. She worked as an electronic assembler for ITT in Nutley.

Predeceased by her husband of 69 years Salvatore “Duke” Comprelli and her brother Fred Bisco who was killed on the D Day invasion of Normandy Beach in 1944, Mary is survived by her sons, Joseph, his wife, Marsha, and John, his wife, Cheryle, and her grandchildren, April VanNess, Tina Renga, Theresa McCutcheon, Joseph Christopher, Jeffery and Michael Comprelli. She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the East Hanover First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 42, East Hanover, N.J. 07936 in loving memory of Mary.

John M. Kobes 

John M. Kobes passed away peacefully on June 11. He was 70.

Born in Brooklyn, he lived many years in Kearny and in Sea Girt for the past 10 years.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, followed by a private cremation. To leave an online condolence, please visit

Jack was a service representative for PSE&G. He was a member of the utility’s retirement club. He was also a member of the Holy Name Society at St. Mark’s Church in Sea Girt.

Beloved husband of Carol (Lamattina), he is survived by his loving son John-Michael and his wife Emma, his sister Jasperdean Kobes and her husband George Muugi and his cherished grandson Brandon. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Patricia and Deacon Earl White and their family Meghan (Josh), Caitlin (Yale) and Earl (Kristin). Jack was a lifelong friend of Steve Whitehead and loved his dogs Max and Machin.

He was predeceased by his parents, Mary (nee Mullan) and Dr. John J. Kobes.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Jeanette J. LaPoint 

Jeanette J. LaPoint passed away on June 14 at Alaris Health Care in Kearny. She was 79.

Born in Newark, she lived most of her life in Kearny.

Visiting will be on Tuesday, June 16, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, June 17, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny, and entombment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. To leave an online condolence, please visit

Jeanette was a bank teller for many years in Newark. She last worked at NatWest Bank.

Wife of the late Kenneth M. LaPoint, she was the mother of Jean Koziel (Steve), Kenneth LaPoint (Marcia), Mary O’Malley (Robert), the late Michael (Cece still survives her) and the late Roseann “Poe” LaPoint. Also surviving are her grandchildren Laura, Stephen, Michael, Danielle, Kyle and Robbie.

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

Julie P. McDonagh 

Julie P. McDonagh (nee Pearce ), 81 , of North Arlington, died Monday, June 8, at Select Specialty Hospital in Rochelle Park.

Born in Bournemouth, England, she was raised in an orphanage due to the death of her parents during World War II. Julie came to the United States in 1960 and she worked as a domestic for several families in Bloomfield and Montclair. Julie later worked as a clerk/ typist for PPG Industries in Bloomfield, Essex County Geriatric Center in Belleville and the State of New Jersey Housing Services in Jersey City before retiring in 2002. She also worked as a United States Census Enumerator and for North Arlington Commission of Elections and Registrations. Julie enjoyed playing cards, watching TV and going to the casino.

She was the beloved mother of Debra N. McDonagh with whom she resided for many years, the dear sisterin- law of Ellen Schmidt of Macungie, Pa., the cherished aunt of Joseph Loria of Union, Robyn Cali of Cedar Grove and Susan Orbe of Macungie, Pa., and the ex-wife of the late Michael J. McDonagh Jr.

Arrangements were by the Parow Funeral Home 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington. A funeral service was held from the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to Belleville School 3, 230 Joralemon St., Belleville, N.J. 07109 in her memory.

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