Obituaries for 17 May 2017

Matthew Wayne Carbone

Matthew Wayne Carbone, of Kearny, died May 10.

He was 38.

Private arrangements were by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny.

Matthew was the son of Betty Richardson and the late Wayne Carbone. He is also survived by his brothers Ryan Carbone and Brent and Mitch Richardson.

Obdulia Martin

Obdulia (nee Garcia) Martin, born in Camaguey, Cuba, and, until her death, a resident of Kearny, died May 9.

She was 90.

Visiting was at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Mass was celebrated at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Wife of the late Pascual Martin, she was the mother of Manuel Martin, Ana Treglia and Maria Martinez. Also surviving are her grandchildren Michael and Christina Martinez.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Daughters of Charity in care of the funeral home.

Edith J. Lotz

Edith J. Lotz (nee Trevenen) died Monday, May 8, at Green Hill, West Orange.

She was 85.

Visitation was at the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The funeral service took place at the funeral home. Cremation was in Rosedale Cemetery, Montclair.

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Mrs. Lotz was born in Newark. During her childhood, her family lived in many different states.  She attended Kearny High School and was a resident of Kearny until 2005 when she moved to West Caldwell.  She had lived in West Orange for the last five years. Until recently, she spent her summers in Ocean Grove.

Edith graduated from the Presbyterian School of Nursing in Newark in 1952 as a registered nurse and in 1953, she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rutgers University, Newark.

She was a school nurse at Lincoln School in Kearny for 29 years before retiring in 1999.

Mrs. Lotz was a member of the EMD of the Woman’s Club of Arlington and the Ivy Circle, both in Kearny, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ocean Grove Usher Association in Ocean Grove. Edith was also a member of the Frances M. McLaughlin Division of Nursing at the Bloomfield College Alumni Association. She was also very active in the PTA associations at Roosevelt and Lincoln schools, and was a leader in the Girl Scouts for many years.

She is survived by her children, Ellen L. Smith and her husband Douglas and Gregory G. Lotz and his wife Susan; and two brothers, Harold Trevenen and his wife Peggy and Calvin Trevenen and his wife Michelle. She was the grandmother of Griffin and Katharine Lotz and Lauren and Heather Smith. She was the aunt of several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Edith was predeceased by her husband Garrison G. Lotz in 1987.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, 53 Pitman Ave., Ocean Grove, N.J. 07756 (

John J. McCarthy III

John J. McCarthy III died at home May 7.

He was 68.

Born in Jersey City, he lived in Kearny before moving to North Arlington two years ago.

Private arrangements were through the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny.

John was a force to be reckoned with from his first lusty squall of life to his final sigh. John had several passions in his lifetime. His wife Elaine and son John were certainly at the head of the list. He also spent many years teaching children who lived in some of the more challenging neighborhoods of New Jersey.

When not working with children, he helped protect our local environments as part of the DEP. And finally, music was a definite calling for John. From his early days as a DJ to his studio, John had a passion for music, both listening and creating.

Though John has left the earthly plain to step into the beauty of heaven, he will be remembered in the hearts of those who he loved.

The husband of Elaine (nee Blake) McCarthy, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law John McCarthy IV and Miranda Warman. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jacob, Hunter and Katlyn.

John was one of three — he had two sisters, Mary Jane and Frances.

A limb has fallen from the family tree that says: “Grieve not for me. Remember the best times — the laughter, the song, the good life I lived while I was strong.”

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a memorial donation to Cycle for Survival Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research, P.O. Box 27432, New York, N.Y. 10087-7432 (

Jill I. Carlin

Jill I. Carlin of Kearny died Friday, May 12, surrounded by her loving family.

She was 42.

A funeral service will take place at Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Tuesday, May 16, at 10:30 a.m. Her interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Viewing hours  begin Tuesday, May 16, after 9:30 a.m.  For directions or to send condolences to her family, visit

Born in Belleville, Jill was raised in Harrison before moving to Kearny 19 years ago. In life, Jill loved music and life in general. She enjoyed the holidays, most especially Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day.   She always looked forward to her family’s annual trip to Seaside Heights during the summer. Everyone will remember her for her smile and her heart of gold.

Predeceased by her father, Bruce G. Carlin, Jill is survived by her devoted mother Kathleen Forrest Donoghue (William), loving siblings, Kathy Fearns (Michael) and Ryan Donoghue, cherished cousins, Tammy Vasquez (Armando), Tracy Granda (Richard “Mugsy”), Allison Dominguez (Oscar) and Tony Hess, her precious goddaughter Sarah Dominguez and her beloved cocker spaniel Sammy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to your local Humane Society or the ASPCA — in care of the funeral home — in loving memory of Jill.

Ruth E. Weir

Ruth E. Weir died May 13.

She was 91.

Born in Kearny, she moved to Seaside Park in 1992.

Visiting is Tuesday, May 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, May 17, at 10 a.m. at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

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Ruth was the wife of the late Colin “Sonny” Weir and was the mother of Colin, Steven and Caryn Weir, Christine Buerle and the late Cynthia Petterson. Sister of the late Elsie Yulle, she is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Seaside Park Garden Club or Serenity Hospice.

Joan Susan Garrigan

Joan Susan Garrigan (nee Fedor), of Lyndhurst, died peacefully May 10.

She was 60.

She was predeceased by her mother, Sophie Joan Fedor (nee Radecki), her father John and brother Wayne. She was the devoted and cherished wife of Michael J. Garrigan, beloved mother of Michael, Christina and Cynthia and she is also survived by many dear friends and family.

Joan was born and raised in Kearny and attended St. Stephen’s Elementary School. She graduated from Marylawn of the Oranges Academy in 1974. Joanie worked as a medical lab technician at the former West Hudson Hospital, Kearny, for 13 years before joining North Arlington Cardiology where she spent the remaining 27 years of her career, retiring as assistant office manager.

Many longtime patients held a special place in her heart. She was active in organizations that supported her children, including Sacred Heart School. Throughout Joanie’s life, her caring spirit made her a motherly figure to many, especially the friends of her children.

Joanie was famous for her quick wit, Christmas cookies, backyard barbecues and bringing family and friends together. She enjoyed exploring Wildwood Crest (her happy place), relaxing on the beach, going out to dinner with family and friends and hosting countless gatherings.

The funeral takes place Tuesday, May 16, at 9:30 a.m., from the Ippolito-Stellato Funeral Home, 425 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

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