Obituaries for 4 May 2016

Craig Kearney

Craig Kearney passed away April 25.

He was 79.

Born in East Orange, he lived most of his life in Kearny before moving to Warren 20 years ago.

Craig was a graduate of Jersey City Sate College. He was a retired Kearny police detective, where he also served as Master/Sergeant-at-Arms in 1992. Craig served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1964. He was a proud member of the N.R.A. and was an avid outdoorsman. He loved fishing and hunting, but loved and cherished his family and friends first.

Surviving is his wife of 54 years, Maria (nee Caruso); his children, Jon Kearney, an attorney, and Diane Camerada, a pharmacist (Domenick). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Domenick, Michael, Anthony and Vincent Camareda and Tiffanie and Craig Kearney, along with loving cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the American Cancer Society or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Mass was at St. Lucy’s Church, Newark. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny, was in charge of arrangements.

Frank Ploghoft

Frank Ploghoft, 81, of Kearny, died April 26.

Born in Omaha, Neb., Mr. Ploghoft was raised in Elliot, Iowa, before moving to New Jersey and eventually settling in Kearny.

He was a truck driver with Q Petroleum, Newark, for 25 years.  He was a former member of the Hoboken Soccer Club and was a member for 45 years of the Adaniram Masonic Lodge 80 in Lyndhurst.

He is the beloved husband of 62 years of Helwida Buchholz Ploghoft.  Father of Wayne and Kevin Ploghoft, he was the brother of Hal Ploghoft (Mary), Jimmy McCarthy, and Michael and Donna Ploghoft.  Grandfather of Timothy, he is also survived by many nephews and nieces.

Mr. Ploghoft was an avid gardener and tremendously enjoyed volunteering and helping others.  He was truly a good neighbor.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Adaniram Masonic Lodge 80, at 321 Second Ave., Lyndhurst, N.J. 07071 would be appreciated.

Services were last Saturday at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home.  Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Walenty Dudaryk

Walenty Dudaryk, 54, of Harrison, died April 24.

Walenty is survived by his wife Barbara, his mother Wiera, his daughter and her husband Monika and Steven Adamczyk, one sister, one brother and his grandchildren Patryk and Sebastion.

Mass was at St. Casimir’s Church, Newark. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny, was in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Jean Logan

Barbara Jean Logan, 69, passed away suddenly at home on Monday, April 25.

A memorial service is being planned for this week at Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny.

Barbara was born in Newark and lived in Kearny, North Arlington, and most recently, in Rutherford for the last 20 years. Barbara worked at Slavitt and Cowan in Newark as a legal secretary for 35 years.

She was preceded in death by her sister Linda Galka, her mother Thelma Logan and father Mathew Logan. She is survived by her beloved daughter, Jamie Brennan (nee Gnoinski), son-in-law Joseph Brennan, sister Larraine Clifford, brother Mathew Logan and an extended circle of family and friends.

She will be especially missed by her cherished grand-daughters Makayla Rielly Brennan and Maeve Kathleen Brennan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the St. Jude Foundation.

Jean Young

Jean Young, 68, of Kearny, died on April 28.

Born in Newark, Jean spent most of her life in Kearny.

She was a teacher’s aide for 12 years with the Kearny Board of Education.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Young. Mother of Donna Young, Susan Wolenski (Bob) and Dawn Tonner, she was the sister of Fredrick Kersey, Diane Fitz and the late Patricia Stewart.  The grandmother of Jennifer, Shawna and Sarah, she was also the “BFF” of Hailey.

Visiting was at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, May 3, at 9:30 a.m., at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Interment will follow the Mass in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Dolores English

Dolores English (nee Cattafi) passed away suddenly at home on April 27.

She was 75. Born in Jersey City, she spent most of her life in Kearny before moving to Lakeville, Pa., 15 years ago.

Visiting was Sunday at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Burial was in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny.

Dolores was active with the PTA in Kearny. She was past president of Franklin School PTA and was also a life member. She worked as a billing clerk for the former West Hudson Hospital in Kearny.

Wife of John R. English, she is also survived by her children Terry English, John English, Valerie Iacono and Stephen English; her sister Rose Guancione; and grandchildren Nicole, Dylan, Stephen, Matthew, Nikalena and Michael. She was predeceased by her brother Anthony Cattafi.

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

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