Obituaries for 25 December 2019

David Giangeruso

David Giangeruso of Lyndhurst, the brother of Mayor Robert B. Giangeruso, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019.

He was 62.

Mr. Giangeruso was born in Passaic and was a lifelong resident of Lyndhurst.

He was the owner of Giangeruso Construction for 30 years until 2010, when he continued work as the Recycling Coordinator for the Lyndhurst Department of Public Works, until retiring in 2015.

David was predeceased by his parents, George and Frances (nee Viteritto) Giangeruso. He is survived by his loving daughter Fallon Bilis and her husband Scott; by his cherished grandson Brady; by his dear brothers George Giangeruso & his wife Diane, Robert B. Giangeruso, mayor of Lyndhurst, and Laura Kopp and Carmine Giangeruso and his wife Denise; and many loving nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Cremation was private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in David’s memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O., Box 5014, Hagerstown, Md. 21741-5014 or at

Nilda Quesada

Nilda Quesada died Dec. 17, 2019.

She was 78.

Born in Cuba, she lived in Kearny before moving to Harrison 32 years ago. Visiting was at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Mass was celebrated at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Nilda was the beloved wife of Orlando and loving mother of Maritza Gonzalez (Armando), Dorys Kaminskas (Mark) and Jacky Manzano. Also surviving are her grandchildren Jennifer, Jessica, Joseph, Carlos, Rebecca and Christopher along with her great-grandchildren Ava and Jocelyn.

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

Sandra Afonso

Sandra Afonso died Dec. 13,

  1. She was 43.

Born in Newark, she had lived the past 20 years in Linden.

Visiting was at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Mass was celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Sandra was the beloved daughter of Angelina and the late Alfredo Afonso. She was also the loving sister of Antonio Afonso (Fatima) and Maria Afonso.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the ASPCA.

William J. Lucas

William J. Lucas of Howell, formerly of Las Vegas, died at home on Dec. 11, 2019.

There was a memorial service for him at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home on Dec. 21, 2019.

Mr. Lucas served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1960. He was a retired traffic signal superintendent for the Town of Harrison.

He is survived by his wife Doris Mae (Young), his son Dennis Lucas (Ana) and his brother Thomas Lucas (Ellen). Brother-in-law of Carol Vill’Nueve (Charles) he is also survived by his grandchildren Dennis and Deana along with many loving nieces and nephews.

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

Dominick (Dom) John D’Amore

Dominick (Dom) John D’Amore, a lifelong resident of Kearny, died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 13.

He was 88.

Dominick was born and raised on Rome Street in “Down Neck” Newark to parents Dominick and Nancy D’Amore (Bisogna). Dominick grew up in a small house, but a large and loving family of four brothers (Joseph, Tommy, and predeceased Casey and Lou) and seven sisters (Mildred and predeceased Helen, Sue, Nancy, Betty, Rose and Madeline).

As a child, Dominick loved swimming in Newark Bay, lighting bonfires, skating, playing stickball, baseball and kick the can. He also loved toy soldiers, model planes and electric train sets. Dominick held a special compassion for dogs and elephants and he was a magnet for children at parties and gatherings.

Dominick served active duty in Korea from 1952-53 as a corporal in the US Army Infantry. Dominick was married in 1956 to his lifelong love, Evelyn Rose (Augustitus), and they were together for nearly 58 years before Evelyn’s passing in 2014. Dominick and Evelyn raised two children, Glenn and Dianne.

Dominick worked his entire career for Pfaff & Kendall (P&K) in Newark, retiring as plant supervisor in the late 1980s. P&K aluminum poles blanket the roads and highways in the US and Canada today. In Kearny, Dominick was an active member of the Kearny Senior Citizens club, VFW, and American Legion.

Dominick loved to tell stories to his grandchildren, teach them to ride bikes, feed them ice cream for breakfast, or cook them a full waffle or bacon and egg breakfast at 5 a.m., before a crabbing trip. Dominick was an avid dancer at all weddings, loved Frank Sinatra and made a top-notch Thanksgiving stuffing.

He also loved his wife Evelyn’s cooking and rarely wanted to dine out. They loved heading over to the Meadowlands or making an AC run. Dominick preferred the comforts of home to travel and loved just sitting out on his back porch, sipping coffee while reading the paper or taking a nap.

Dominick is also survived by Dianne’s husband, Philip Weiss, Glenn’s wife Mary Susan, and their two children (his beloved grandchildren), Kyle and Caroline.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Dominick’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project

The Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny, was in charge.

Anna J. Cuco

Anna J. Cuco (nee Figlia), 57, of North Arlington, died Nov. 2, 2019, at Hackensack Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Anna was a 1980 graduate of North Arlington High School. She was the beloved wife of the late Joe. Cherished daughter of the late Quincy and Ruth (nee Clenaghan) Figlia. Loving sister of Quincy and wife Flor, Frank, Robert, Michael and wife Fran, Maria Molina and husband George, Donna and Cindy. She was the loving aunt of Tamara Harrison and husband Brett, Timothy, Nadine, Michael, Brittany, David, Daniel and Mayumi Figlia. She was loving great aunt of Ivy and Gunnar Harrison.

A memorial service was in  Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum, North Arlington, on Nov. 12, where interment followed. The repast was at Centanni’s, North Arlington.

Thomas Faga

Thomas Faga of Oakland died Dec. 13, 2019.

He was 93.

Tom served in The New York State National Guard and was a retired manager for the Thom McAn Shoe Company.

Husband of the late Yolanda (nee DiCostanzo), he is survived by his children Thomas R. Faga, Joseph B. Faga and Ann Marie Dandeneau. Grandfather of Jennifer, Michael, Mario, Thomas, Joseph, Giovanna, Mitchell and Ava. he is also survived by his great-grandchildren Joseph, Giovanni, Antonia, Daniela, JJ, Tanya and Howard along with his great-great granddaughter Melanie.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Oakland First Aid Squad.

The Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny, was in charge.

Kathleen M. Shalvoy O’Connor

Mrs. Kathleen M. Shalvoy O’Connor died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, with her family by her side.

She was 62.

Relatives and friends called in the Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny. The funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Interment was in the family plot in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Kathy had been a voice engineer for Quest Diagnostics in Teterboro for 17 years. She was also a member of the North Arlington Elks Lodge 1992.

Kathy was predeceased by her parents, Paul and Lee Shalvoy and is survived by her sons, James and Michael O’Connor as well as her siblings, Mark, Thomas and Marylee Shalvoy and Amy Shalvoy and many nieces and nephews. Kathy is also survived by her dear family friend, Joan McGrath.

Rosalie Nadrowski

Rosalie Nadrowski (nee Basso) of Kearny died at home Dec. 18, 2019.

She was 79.

Visiting and a prayer service took place at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny.  Cremation was private.

Rosalie was the wife of the late John T. Nadrowski and mother of Robert, Carol, Jamie, Debra, Michael and the late Robin and John. Sister of Robert and Fred Basso, she is also survived by her grandchildren Debra, Robert, Jamilynn, Jessica, Joey, Ryan, Samantha, Josh, Julie, Sara, Shannon, Siana, Gianna, Michael and Kevin along with her great-grandchildren Alana, Bayleigh, Dakota, Scarlett, Jax, Eli and Kai. She was predeceased by her grandson Robert.

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

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