Obituaries for 15 Jan. 2020

Francis ‘Frank’ W. Polo Sr.

Francis “Frank” W. Polo Sr. died peacefully at his son Frank’s home in Toms River, surrounded by his loving family, on Jan. 7, 2020.

He was 92.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum, North Arlington. The Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny, was in charge.

Frank was a lifelong Kearny resident. He was the loving husband of 66 years of the late Dolores C. Polo (nee Galladay.) He is survived by his cherished children Sharon Polo, Frank Polo Jr. and Marianne Rutzler; his loving grandson Eugene Rutzler; his most precious great-grandchildren Tara, Cheyenne, “CJ” Christopher Michael Jr., Jakob George and Rowan Leigh Rutzler. He is also survived by his brother Michael (Mary Lou) and his sister Mary Polo. Frank has many loving nieces and nephews.

Frank was also predeceased by his cherished daughter Deborah Anne Fergie, his beloved grandson Christopher Michael Rutzler Sr., his loving sons-in-law Jack Fergie and Gene Rutzler, his parents Charles and Stella Polo, his sister Anne Torella and his brothers Charles and John Polo.

Frank was a Seabee in the U.S. Navy station in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at the end of World War II. After being discharged from the Navy, he worked for Harrison Supply Company then as a bus driver for 52 years. He worked for Public Service (which became NJ Transit later) and then DeCamp Bus Lines until his retirement in 2003. During his time as a bus driver, he drove across all the United States and Canada.

He was a member of the VFW Post 1302, American Legion Post 1000 and the Marconi Fraternal Association.

Frank was an excellent chef who took great pleasure in preparing fantastic meals (traditional Italian Sunday dinners) for his family.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church in Frank’s memory.

Wayne Ploghoft

Wayne Ploghoft died tragically on Jan. 2, 2020 in Florida.

He was 63.

Memorial visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. There will be funeral prayers at 12:30 p.m., followed by a Masonic service.

Wayne was born in Jersey City and lived many years in Kearny. He retired to Marco Island, Florida. He served in the U.S. Army from 1975-1978 and worked as a bus driver. He was the son of Hedy and the late Frank Ploghoft. Father of Timothy Ploghoft and brother of Kevin Ploghoft, he is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and their families.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Adoniram Masonic Temple, 321 Second Ave., Lyndhurst, N.J. 07071



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