Obituaries for 29 Jan. 2020

Mary Jane Hedenberg

Mary Jane Hedenberg (nee Siciliano), 78, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.

Born in Newark, she lived in North Arlington for 36 years and Barnegat for eight years before moving to Mt. Arlington eight years ago.

She worked  for the  Kearny Federal Savings in North Arlington for 32 years before retiring as an assistant branch manager in 2005.

Mary Jane was the beloved wife of the late Ronald I., the devoted mother of Ron Hedenberg, Scott Hedenberg and his wife Danielle, and Kristen Ayotte and her husband Brandon; the cherished grandmother of Brittany, Thomas and Tyler; the dear sister of the late Anthony Siciliano and sister-in-law of Rosalie Siciliano. She will also be greatly missed by her many loving nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

Visitation takes place Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 4 to 8 p.m., from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington. The funeral is Wednesday, Jan. 29 starting at the funeral home and then with a funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, at 11 a.m. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.

Contributions in memory of Mary Jane may be made to the American Cancer Society, 986 S. Springfield Ave., Springfield, N.J. 07081.

Eleanor Cocola

Mrs. Eleanor Cocola, of Kearny, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at home with her family at her side.

Relatives and friends visited in the Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny, on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, Jan. 23, at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, Paterson.

Mrs. Cocola had been an assembler for Westinghouse in Newark for 40 years until retiring in 1983.

Eleanor was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Francis (2011) and her sisters, Mae Hoffman, Frances Wright and Adella Rosson. She is survived by her children, John (Nancy), Susan Tiedemann (Frank), Stephen, David (Terry) and Christopher (Toni) Cocola. Eleanor also leaves behind her cherished grandchildren, Seth, Christopher, Matt, Mark, Jessica, Bethany and Kate.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.

Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly died Jan. 21, 2020.

He was 68.

Born and raised in Kearny, he lived in Andover, Brick Town and most recently, Toms River.

Visiting was at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Cremation was private.

Son of the late Vincent and Martha (Richardson) Kelly, he was the father of Amanda Kelly Coyle (Ryan), Christopher Kelly (Jenna) and Nicole Kelly. Brother of Jane Sansone (brother-in-law of her late husband Danny), he is also survived by five grandchildren.

Howard Ray Maulfair

Howard Ray Maulfair died at home Jan. 21, 2020.

He was 87.

Born in Landingville, Pennsylvania, he lived in North Arlington before moving to Kearny 48 years ago.

Visiting was at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Mass was celebrated at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Entombment was Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Mr. Maulfair served in the police reserves for over 15 years and had been a captain in North Arlington. He was the owner of Maulfair Trucking Company and served in the U.S. Army 1953-1955.

Husband of the late Patricia (nee Scollan), he was the father of Elizabeth Cicchetti (Rich), Raymond Maulfair (Barbara) and Patricia DaSilva (Manny). Brother of Richard Maulfair (the late Phyllis) and brother-in-law of Agnes Catena, he is also survived by his grandchildren Katie (Matthew) and Carl.

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

Carmen R. Ramos

Carmen R. Ramos (nee Huaman) of East Newark died at Complete Care at Ridge in West Orange on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.

She was 73.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave. Harrison.  A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church, East Newark.

To send a condolence message to her family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Born in Lima, Peru, Carmen lived in San Juan de Miraflores before she came to the United States in November 1986 and settled in East Newark.

Carmen was a stay-at-home mom. She was a parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church in East Newark an active member of the East Newark Senior Citizens. Carmen made dean’s list at Essex County Community College while studying to get her degree in social work.

She is survived by her children, Carmen Mattos (Robertluis Benitez), Jessica Diaz (Bill Faria) and her grandchildren Melanie R. and Alberto Mattos and Leanna R. and Isabella R. Diaz.  She is also survived by her siblings Alejandrina Pemberthy, Jorge, Manuel and Luis Huaman also many nieces, nephews and sisters-in-law. Carmen was predeceased by her parents Antonio and Rosa Huaman and her siblings Antonio, Pedro Cesar and Maria Huaman.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, 23 Vreeland Road No. 105, Florham Park, N.J. 07932 in loving memory of Carmen.

Raymond J. Beaugrand

Raymond J. Beaugrand died Jan. 3, 2020, in Texas. He was a long-time resident of Kearny.

He was laid to rest in the Arlington Cemetery next to his son and near his parents.

He was predeceased by his sister Nancy, his brothers William and Gary, and various nieces and nephews.

God Bless his son Jimmy and his daughter-in law Cathy who loved and cared for him when he needed it most.

Pedro C. Huaman

Pedro C. Huaman of Newark died Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at Columbus LTAC in Newark.

He was 71.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison.   A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny. Interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Born in Peru, Pedro lived in Lima, Peru, before moving to the United States and eventually settled in East Newark.  He moved to Newark in 2017.  He worked as a fueler for Allied Aviation, Newark, for many years, retiring in 2016. Prior to that, he worked in building maintenance for St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark.

Pedro was a member of Señor de los Milagros at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church, Kearny.

He is survived by his loving son Peter Huaman and his ex-wife, Edith Huaman.

To send a condolence message to his family, please visit www.mulliganfh.com.

Linda C. Salisbury

Linda C. Salisbury (nee Floyd), 71, of Belvidere, formerly of Kearny, died Jan. 22, 2020.

Relatives and friends visited at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Cremation was private.

Born in Kearny, Linda was a lifelong resident before moving to Belvidere two years ago. A member of the C.W.A., Linda worked as a secretary for Bell Atlantic for many years until retiring in 2002. Linda also held a position as a teacher’s aide at Washington and Garfield school, Kearny, for many years; she held this job near to her heart. Linda enjoyed making arts and crafts, and especially treasured time spent with her grandbabies.

Linda was the beloved wife of the late Richard E. Salisbury; loving mother of Lori Brunelle and her husband Raymond, Roberta Salisbury and Douglas Salisbury and his wife Lucia; dear step-mother of Richard Salisbury Jr., Patricia Stone, Arthur Salisbury and his wife Jodi, and Duane Salisbury and his wife Kim; cherished sister of Leland C. Floyd Jr. and his wife Mary, Richard Floyd, Sarah Covey, Donald Floyd and Diane Hammond and her husband Richard. She is also survived by her many loving grandbabies and by many dear nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

Raul Alfaro

Raul Alfaro died peacefully at home on Jan. 24, 2020.

He was 82.

Born in Cuba, he lived in Newark before moving to Kearny 42 years ago.

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

Raul was a retired longshoreman crane operator. He and his wife Betty loved to travel and socialize at the Arlington Players Club in Kearny where their daughter Evelyn has been a long time tennis member. He also took great pleasure in gardening and baseball.

The beloved husband of Bertila “Betty,” he was the  devoted father of Evelyn Alfaro, brother of Ibis, Luis and the late Zenaida and he is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and their families.

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

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