Obituaries for April 4, 2016

Jose Vieira

Jose Vieira, 72, passed away on Sunday, March 27, at his home in Nutley.

Jose was born in Porto de Mos, Portugal. He immigrated to the United States in 1973 and settled in Newark. In 1980, he moved to Kearny where he lived before moving to Nutley two years ago.

Mr. Vieira owned and operated Trans American Auto & Truck Repair, Inc., in Elizabeth for the last 42 years.

He was a member of the Portuguese Cultural Association of Kearny.

He is survived by his wife Isabel (nee Rosa) Vieira; two sons, Nelson Vieira and his wife Borischka and Dr. Pedro Vieira; one brother, Julio Vieira; one sister, Odilia Vieira; and three grandchildren, Tiago, Lucas and Marco Vieira.

Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, Kearny, was in charge. Condolences and memories may be shared at

Frank Mollica

Frank Mollica died March 28.

He was 71.

Born in Passaic, he lived in East Newark and Kearny for the past 15 years.

Frank was a retired machinist for L and R Manufacturing. He was also a talented guitar musician.

Frank was the brother of Mary Cinardo, Josephine McCann and the late Nicholas, Richard, Anthony, Thomas and Joseph Mollica. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their families.

Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny, was in charge of private arrangements.

Diane M. Vigliante

Mrs. Diane M. Vigliante, of Kearny, died March 26 in Belleville.

She was 71.

Diane had been a secretary in the Hudson/Bergen area for many years, lastly with Lipton Tea Co. in Englewood.

She was predeceased by her parents John and Bertha (nee Bielski) Kubowicz and is survived by her children, Michelle Allotta and her husband, Robert, Victor and Lisa Vigliante.  Also surviving are her grandchildren, Anjela Cogura, Nicole Allotta and Christian Jedele. She is also survived by her brother Jack Kubowicz and his wife Barbara.

It is the families wish that in lieu of flowers, you consider donations to Penn State Dance Marathon, 227D Hetzel Union Building, University Park, Pa., 16802 ( benefitting pediatric cancer.

Condon Funeral Home,, 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny, was in charge.

Grace McMahon Potter

Grace McMahon Potter passed away on Wednesday, March 30, surrounded by her family.

She was 71 and a lifelong resident of Kearny.

She was a Girl Scout leader, KHS graduate, active in the PTA and Sunday school teacher at the First Baptist Church of Arlington. During her working years, she trained as a dental assistant with Dr. William R. Joulle (who died in 2005).

She started a business with her sister “Our Place Ceramics,” while continuing her dental career with Dr. Taylor and finished her dental career working with an array of dentists, orthodontists and oral surgeons from Dental Care in Lyndhurst. Grace later worked as a test reader for the disabled and volunteered for hospice, making bereavement calls and home visits.

She enjoyed traveling and was an avid movie and music fan. Her charismatic attitude touched everyone she knew. She will be dearly missed with sorrow and laughter.

She was predeceased by her parents David and Grace Greig McMahon, both residents of Kearny. Grace is survived by her husband Chester S. Potter and son Chester D. Potter of Kearny. Surviving also are sisters Sally Jean Bennett and Wilma McMahon, both of Kearny, and Debra McMahon of Howell. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their children.

It was the wish of Grace that there be no service or viewing. Donations may be made to the ALS foundation.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Condon Funeral Home 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny.

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