Jose A. Garcia

Jose A. Garcia

Jose A. Garcia, of Harrison, entered into eternal rest at Morristown surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, Jan. 5. He was 57.

Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Friday, Jan. 8. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church, East Newark, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For information, directions, or to send condolences to the family, please visit

Born in Palmeira, Spain, Jose was a lifelong resident of Harrison and East Newark. Jose was a salesman for Economy Supply, Harrison, since 1972. He was a parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church where he also chaired and organized the Holiday Meal Program for the past 25 years. He was a member of the Men’s Sunday Soccer League at the Harrison Courts. Jose graduated from Harrison High School in 1977 and then attended St. Peter’s College, Jersey City.

He is survived by his devoted mother Josefina Garcia (Pardavila), his loving brothers Arthur, Jesus and Placido Garcia, his dear sister-in-laws Debbie and Jennifer Garcia, his cherished nieces and nephews Anna M. Garcia, Matthew J. and Andrew P. Garcia, and his beloved partner Maria Bonilla. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father Jose Garcia (2001).

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Harrison Recreation Soccer Program, in care of Harrison Town Hall, 318 Harrison Avenue, Harrison, N.J. 07029, Attn: Michael Dolaghan, in loving memory of Jose.

Joseph M. Hart Jr. 

Joseph M. Hart Jr. passed away at home on Jan. 3. He was 51.

Born in East Orange, he grew up in Harrison and moved to Kearny 32 years ago.

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. To leave online condolences, please visit

Joe had been an electrician with IBEW Local 102. He was deeply loved by his family. His unique personality and sense of humor will be greatly missed.

Son of Barbara (McNally) and the late Joseph M. Hart Sr., he is also survived by his wife Coleen (nee Ryan), his children Joseph, Marisa and Samantha Hart, his brothers Darin, Shawn and Robert, his grandchildren Zoe Mae and Joseph Jude, his motherin- law Barbara and his dear Uncle Murph.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project.

Marie Loureira 

Marie Loureira, 66, of Kearny, died Jan. 5.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Sorrows, Kearny, followed by a private cremation.

Maria is survived by her daughter Carla, her grandchildren Gabriela and Bruno, four sisters and three brothers.

Donna Martone 

Donna Martone, 60, of Kearny, passed away on Jan. 3.

She was the loving mother of Harry and Katy. She is also survived by her parents Vincent Gelcius and Stephanie Gelcius, brothers David and Paul, and sister Karen. She was the wife of the late Anthony Martone Jr. Private services were held in Brick.

Barbara M. Rio 

Barbara Mary Rio (nee O’Connor) passed away on Dec. 26. She celebrated her 75th birthday on Nov. 21, 2015, and had lived in Kearny for 46 years. The visitation and funeral took place from the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Dec. 29 and 30, respectively. Private cremation followed. To leave online condolences, please visit

Born in Shickshinny, Pa., Barbara grew up in Newark and graduated from Barringer High School. After graduation, she worked for Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company and the Lion Match Company, and eventually went on to train and practice as a hairdresser. In following years, she held positions in banking and a family printing business and served for several years as a teaching aide in the Rutherford school system. She coached girls’ softball in Kearny for a number of years to great success and also played on a local women’s softball team herself. Barbara was an enthusiastic, trophy-winning bowler in several weekly leagues for decades. She tended to be a lucky gambler, and her passion for trips to Atlantic City was legendary in the family.

Her greatest love, though, was being a mother and grandmother. Besides her husband, Raymond Rio, Barbara is survived by her daughters Diane Rio and Paula Paglia and her husband, Anthony; her sister, Joyce O’Connor; her brother Robert O’Connor and his wife, Lynn; her sisters-in-law Judy O’Connor and Clara Rio; her grandchildren Ryan Smith, Marc Prezioso, Nicholas and Adam Garcia, David Murphy, and Anthony, Alexandra, and Vincent Paglia; three great-grandchildren, Brendyn and Ryla Smith and Maxx Garcia; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Barbara was predeceased by her daughter Julie Ann Garcia and her brother Richard O’Connor.

Thomas Sharples Jr. 

Thomas “Tim” Sharples Jr. passed away quietly at home after a courageous battle against cancer. He was 67. Tim was a lifelong Kearny resident. Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. To leave online condolences, please visit

Tim was the son of the late Thomas and Virginia (nee Zito) Sharples. Beloved husband of Felicia (nee Bevacqua) and loving father of Dorian (Richard) Fasciano, Rachel (Joseph) Tuting and Erika Sharples, he was also the brother of Thomas Wright, Irene Reed, Jack Wright, Jane McAllister, Joseph Sharples, Laura Quegan, Susan Sharples-Zito and the late Ann Binder. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Brandon, Ava and Brianna.

Tim joined the Kearny Police Department in 1973 and rose through the ranks, retiring as police chief in 1998. After retiring, he attended The Chubb Institute and became a certified computer technician. Tim eventually became head of security at the Rockaway Mall. A political and aviation enthusiast, he loved to travel and spend time with his retired police buddies and friends at the Sunset Deli. Early in his life, he was very active in The P.B.C. and was a successful wrestler at Kearny High School.

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

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