Irene Dorothy Conklin 

Irene Dorothy Conklin, 61, of Montclair, and formerly of Kearny, died on Aug. 16.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, followed by private cremation.

Irene was the wife of William M. Conklin Sr. and is also survived by her children Kevin James Young, Elaine A. Conklin, Margaret Santeramo, William M. Jr. and Mary K. Conklin, her siblings Margaret Dombkowski and Robert, Thomas and Harold Young, along with nine grandchildren.

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Lori Nicole Kenenitz 


Lori Nicole Kenenitz (nee Muso) entered into eternal rest too soon, on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Reading, Pa. She was 32.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Harrison Ave., Harrison. A funeral service was held at the funeral home. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

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Born in Long Branch, Lori was raised in Jackson. She moved to Reading, Pa., in 1998. She was a registered nurse for eight years and for a period of time worked and was specially trained as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) to care for victims of abuse. She graduated from De Sales University, Center Valley, Pa. in 2007 with Bachelors of Science degrees in nursing, biology and neurology in 2007.

She is survived by her beloved husband Stephen Michael Jr., her loving children Xander, Jacob and Beatrice, her devoted parents Mark V. and Susan Muso (nee Beatrice), inlaws Stephen M. and Rose A. Kenenitz Sr. (nee Reichwein) and her dear sister Amanda Muso. She is also survived by her cherished grandfather Sabino D. Beatrice and grandmother Dorothy Muso (Hughes).

She was predeceased by her grandmother Mary C. Beatrice (Rodgers) (2003) and grandfather Joseph Muso.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the Lori Nicole Kenenitz Memorial Education Fund for the benefit of her and Stephen’s children’s future education, in care of the funeral home, in loving memory of Lori.

Helen Lucchese 


Helen Lucchese, 96, of Bel Air, Md., passed away on Aug. 17 at Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Glen Arm, Md.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Her interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

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Born in Jersey City, she was the daughter of the late Paul Pawlyk and Jefroska Capp, and wife of the late Mario Salvator Lucchese.

She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harrison, where she was a devoted member and officer of the Rosary Society and volunteered at the church’s Bingo, Cancer Dressing Guild and Holy Cross Elementary School for over 60 years.

Mrs. Lucchese is survived by her son, Mario W. Lucchese and his wife, Pamela, of Bel Air, Md.; daughter, Lois Lappas and husband, William, of Port Ewen, N.Y.; and grandchildren, Anthony M. Lucchese, Tracy J. Lucchese, Amanda J. Bennetts and Gina Air, Md.; daughter, Lois Lappas and husband, William, of Port Ewen, N.Y.; and grandchildren, Anthony M. Lucchese, Tracy J. Lucchese, Amanda J. Bennetts and Gina M. Lucchese.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Holy Holy Cross Catholic Church, 16 Church Square, Harrison, N.J. 07029 in loving memory of Helen.

Mary Ellen McSorley 

Mary Ellen McSorley, 74, of Bonita Springs, Fla., and formerly of Kearny and Brick Township, died suddenly on Monday, Aug. 17.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny. A private interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. A memorial service will be held in Bonita Springs, Fla., at a later date.

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Mary Ellen graduated from St. Cecilia High School in Kearny and attended Jersey City Medical School of Nursing where she earned her Registered Nursing degree. She later earned her BSN from Upsala College.

During her nursing career she worked as a staff nurse at Clara Maass Hospital, Belleville. She also worked at Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus, Community Medical Center Hospice, Toms River, and for the N.J. State Department of Health as a Regional Medicaid Nurse. Mary Ellen retired in 2003.

Mary Ellen was the devoted mother of Mary Beth Citarell (William) of Hopewell Junction, N.Y. and Robert Mahon (Lorraine) of Kearny.

She was predeceased by her parents, Mary and Joseph McSorley and brothers, Joseph and Brian. She is survived by her siblings Patricia Donald (Joseph), Eileen Mulligan (Robert), Kevin McSorley and sister in law Elizabeth McSorley.

In addition, she leaves her beloved grandchildren, Maggie and Robert Mahon and Marissa and Samantha Citarell, as well as several nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bonita Springs Fire Department and Rescue, 8850 W. Terry St., Bonita Springs, Fla. 34135 or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Northern N.J.-Rockland County Chapters 560 Sylvan Ave., Suite 1210, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 07632.

Anthony ‘Tony’ Scarpa 



Anthony “Tony” Scarpa, 74, entered into eternal rest July 20 in Shawnee, Kan.

Anthony was born on June 28, 1941, to Rose and Ralph Scarpa of North Arlington.

He was preceded in death by his parents, survived by his wife Lynn Traynor Scarpa of 49 years; brother Ray Scarpa; sons Michael Scarpa and Alan Scarpa; daughters Christina Scarpa Taggart and Jennifer Scarpa Norman. He is also survived by eight grandchildren.

Visitation was held July 24 at Amos Funeral Home in Shawnee, Kan. A Mass of Christian burial was held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Shawnee, Kan., on July 25. Interment with Military Honor Guard followed in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in Lenexa, Kan.

Claire M. Wisnewski 

Claire M. Wisnewski, 96, of Harrison, died on Aug. 14.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A Mass of Christian burial was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Born in Harrison, Mrs. Wisnewski, “Cioci Claire,” lived in Paterson before returning to Harrison to live with her niece Carole in 1992 after the death of her husband Wallace.

She was employed at the Textile Mills in Paterson until her retirement. She volunteered at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church as a substitute CCD Catechist. She also cleaned the church and laundered the altar linens at the church. She was a member of the Cancer Guild and Senior Citizens at Holy Cross Church, Harrison.

She was pre-deceased by her husband of 46 years Wallace Wisnewski, her parents John and Maryanna Klickier Sisco and her siblings Anna Metrione, Helen Kulish, Regina Botch and Sylvia, Joseph and Edmund Sisco. She was the Cioci (aunt) of Marilyn DeBacco, Constance Crisitello, Wallace Metrione, Carole Anderson, Marilyn Reidy and Francine Azzara. She is also survived by many great and great-great nieces and nephews and many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Our Lady of Czestochowa Church Restoration Fund would be appreciated.

Cioci Claire was loved by all who knew her. We will all miss her wonderful baked goodies such as her cakes, cookies and pies.

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