Obituaries for 19 April 2017

Martin ‘Marty’ O’Malley

Martin “Marty” O’Malley of Kearny died peacefully April 5, surrounded by his family.

He was 82.

Born in Pittston, Pa., Marty moved to Kearny at the age of 10 where he resided for the next 72 years. He was a graduate of Kearny High School and started his career at PSE&G in 1957. He left to become the general manager of Vigor Beverages in Kearny for seven years and returned to PSE&G to finish out his career as a senior bookkeeper, retiring in 1996.

His passion for sports led him to become involved in the Kearny community as one of the founding members and eventual president of the Kearny Booster Club. As president, he organized many banquets for the high school football team where he brought New York Giants and Jets players as guest speakers.

Marty was also a long-time coach of the Kearny Shop-Rite Little League baseball team, where he eventually served as president of the league. He also volunteered his time with the St. Stephen’s CYO boys’ basketball program.

Marty was inducted into the Kearny High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012 for his contributions to the high school sports programs.

He was predeceased by his parents, Patrick and Anna, a brother Larry (Margaret), a sister, Mary Ann (O’Malley) Rokosny, mother- and father-in-law George and Edith Brown, and sisters-in-law, Georgina (Brown) Hague (Allen) and Connie (Brown) Mulvanerton (Ed).

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Edith (Brown) O’Malley, daughters Kathleen Mattoon (Ronald), Joanne O’Malley and son, Robert (Mary); his grandchildren, Michael Gouveia, Dr. Ryan Mattoon (Brianna), Nicole Gouveia and Robbie O’Malley; and one great-grandchild on the way. He is also survived by brother, Richard (Annette) and brothers-in-law Frank Brown (Barbara) and Charles Rokosny and many loving nieces and nephews.

Viewings were at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum, North Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make donations to St. Stephen’s Parish Roof Repair Fund.

Deborah A. Mangin

Deborah A. Mangin of Kearny (nee McKeon) died at home surrounded by her loving family April 10.

She was 57.

Visiting was Monday April 17 at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Debbie was a life-long resident of Kearny and was employed as a teacher’s aide at Garfield School, working with the kindergarten children she loved. She also enjoyed gardening, taking care of her home and relaxing poolside after all her hard work.

She was active in the PTA for Garfield and Roosevelt schools and is a former vice president of the V.H. Sawtelle Learning Center’s Parent-Teacher Organization.

Debbie was a long-time advocate for autistic children and helped countless parents of children with autism on effective teaching methods. She was also a past member of the Hudson County Democratic Committee and the Kearny Environmental and Beautification Committee.

Debbie was the wife of James A. Mangin and proud mother of her two son, Christopher and Kyle Mangin. She was the sister of Colleen Amirr (Joseph) and aunt of Bridget Haine (Matthew) and Ashley Amirr (Joseph Pizzi Jr.).

She was pre-deceased by her parents, John (Bucky) and Patricia McKeon. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and her great-niece Brielle and great-nephew Myles, who she adored.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Autism N.J. Inc., 500 Horizon Drive, Robbinsville, N.J. 08691.

Edward A. ‘Eddie’ Esposito

Edward A. “Eddie” Esposito died at home April 6.

He was 53.

Born in Newark, he grew up in North Arlington. He last resided in Point Pleasant Beach.

Memorial visitation was at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. His cremation was private.

Eddie was an excellent chef, having worked for various restaurants, and was dedicated to that skill. He loved swimming in the ocean, especially at Point Pleasant Beach at the Jersey Shore.

The beloved son of Aniello “Fred” and Dolores (nee Wescoat) Esposito, he is also survived by his loving siblings and their spouses, Fred and Alice Esposito, of Long Branch, Rosanne and Frank Oldewurte and Cheryl and Chris Czekaj, both of Wayne.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to

Howard E. Leonard III

Howard E. Leonard III of Kearny died April 12.

He was 73.

Visiting was at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, as was the service. He was buried beside his beloved wife Ruth A. (nee Smeltzer) Leonard in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny.

Howard served in the U.S. Air Force at the beginning of the Vietnam War, and was honorably discharged in 1968. He was a computer engineer for Storage Tech, based out of Colorado. He traveled extensively and was quite successful in his field. He and Ruth were very humble, loving people.

They enjoyed their neighbors both locally and in Florida.

Howard is survived by his brothers-in-law Robert Grega and Bill Thorborg. He is also survived by loving nieces, nephews and their families.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Grace Church in Kearny or the Wounded Warrior Project.


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