Obituary for Aug. 10, 2016: Paula Tomasheski

Paula Tomasheski

Paula Tomasheski (nee Hudson) died early Tuesday morning, Aug. 2, at Clara Maas Medical Center, Belleville.

She was 65.

The funeral was from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, Kearny, on Saturday, Aug. 6. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

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Paula spent most of her life in Kearny and was married for 44 years to fellow Kearny High School Class of 1968 graduate Walter Tomasheski, whom she is survived by. Paula had three siblings — Pamela, Donna, and the late Jeanine.

Much of Paula’s life was spent working with children as a daycare provider in her home from 1982-2000, and as a State Superior Court clerk in Newark. She also served as president of Lincoln School PTA, and ran for Kearny School Board in 1991. She was an avid traveler, and enjoyed spending time with family at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Mrs. Tomasheski is survived by her three children and their spouses, Walter V. Tomasheski and Hally S. Tomasheski of Easton, Pa., Paul J. Tomasheski and Carmen Tomasheski of Hopatcong and Christine Y.P. Favocci and Robert Favocci Jr of Nazareth, Pa.

She was predeceased by her stillborn son, Stephen Matthew. Paula also had seven beloved grandchildren, from eldest to youngest, Matthew Tomasheski, Eva Tomasheski, Luke Tomasheski, Gina Favocci, Paul Tomasheski, Cynthia Favocci and Robert Favocci III.

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Kevin A. Canessa Jr. is the editor of and broadcaster at The Observer, a place where he has served on and off since 2006. He is responsible for the editorial content of the newspaper and website, the production of the e-Newspaper, writing several stories per week (including the weekly editorial), conducting live broadcasts on Facebook Live, including a weekly recap of the news — and much more behind the scenes. Between 2006 and 2008, he introduced the newspaper to its first-ever blog — which included podcasts, audio and video. Originally from Jersey City, Kevin lived in Kearny until 2004, lived in Port St. Lucie. Florida, for four years until February 2016 and in March of that year, he moved back to West Hudson to return to The Observer full time. Click Here to send Kevin an email.