Obituaries in the July 13, 2016 edition of The Observer

Michael A. Toriglio

Michael A. Toriglio, of Brick, formerly of Kearny, died July 9.

He was 82.

Born in Jersey City, Michael was a longtime Kearny resident before moving to Brick 20 years ago. He served his country in the Army during the Cuban Crisis and later was a chauffeur for Western Electric (AT&T) for many years before retiring in 1992. A huge New York Giants fan, Michael also loved tinkering and travelling.

Mr. Toriglio was the beloved husband of 57 years to Helen (nee Degnin); loving father of John Toriglio, Michele Regelsky and her husband William and the late Michael Toriglio; and dear brother of Gloria Fix, Doris Liloia and the late Juliette Gerlach.

Visitation is on Tuesday, July 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral is at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Wednesday, June 13, at 8:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, at 9:30 a.m. Entombment is in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

David Merk

David Merk, of Kearny, died July 9 at Summit Ridge in West Orange.

He was 58.

Private arrangements were handled by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny.

David had been a boiler-room engineer with Local 68.

He was the son of the late Thomas and Rosemary (nee Cier) Merk. He is survived by his longtime partner George Varas, his brother Thomas J. Merk and sister Rosemary Cook along with their families.  

Leonor Gonzalez

Leonor Gonzalez entered into eternal rest at Clara Maas Medical Center, Belleville, on July 6.

She was 82.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison.  A funeral Mass was celebrated at Saint Cecilia’s Church, Kearny. Her interment took place in Hollywood Memorial Park, Union.

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Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Leonor lived in East Newark for many years. 

She is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, three sisters and many nieces and nephews.   

For those desiring, the family would appreciate donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 2151, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38101-2151 in loving memory of Leonor.

Henrietta Wiktorowicz

Henrietta Wiktorowicz entered into eternal rest at the Gardens at Monroe Healthcare, Monroe Twp., July 2.

She was 85.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison.  A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Her interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Born and raised in Harrison, Henrietta lived in Kearny many years before moving to Freehold to be closer to her niece. She worked as a florist for Hugo’s Florist in North Arlington for many years.  She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church.  She loved spending her free time with her family and was a caring and devoted aunt and great aunt.

She is survived by her loving nieces and nephews, Cecilia Prinke (David), Kenny Ceresnik, Alexander Rovinsky (Debbie), Michael and Steve Broznak (Leslie), William Silkitis and Debbie Bressaw (Jamshid Arjomand).  She is also survived by many great nieces and nephews.

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