Obituaries for 6 May 2020

Elzbieta H. Wolosz 

Elzbieta H. Wolosz died April 29, 2020.

She was 74.

Born in Krakaw, Poland, she had lived in Kearny since 1975.

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

Elzbieta was the wife of the late Edward Babecki and the late Stanislaw Wolosz.  Beloved mother of Ryszard Babecki (Matgorzata), Joanna Wolosz, Andrew Wolosz (Janie) and Elizabeth LaMorte, she was the  sister of Maria Babecki and Czeslaw Robak. She is also survived by her grandchildren Klaudia, Kristofer, Julia, Annette, Katherine, Christine, Skylan, Talian, and Darian and her great+grandson Elijah.

Elzbieta still has many dear relatives still in Poland.

Christina Isabella Burke-Lancaster

Christina Isabella Burke-Lancaster (nee Graham), a former Kearny resident, died Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

She was 95.

Christina was born in Scotland and settled in Kearny for almost 70 years of her life.

Upon arriving in America, she worked as a private nanny and was also employed at Youth World Clothing Store in Kearny for many years.

Christina devoted much of her time volunteering at West Hudson Hospital before it was permanently closed in 2004. She was also a dedicated parishioner and Eucharistic Minister at St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church, Kearny.

Christina is survived by her son, James G. Burke and his wife Monae; her four grandchildren Morgan, Jimmy, Shannon and Lindsay Burke; her step-daughter MaryAnn Lancaster and many nieces and nephews in America, Canada and Scotland.

She was predeceased by her first husband, James Burke (1978), her second husband, Thomas Lancaster (2004) and her three brothers, Andrew, Donald and Murray.

Private services will take place at the Condon Funeral Home, followed by private burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington. A memorial Mass will be celebrated for Christina when it is safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association

Arthur Hackett

Arthur Hackett died May 1, 2020.

He was 72.

Born in Kearny, he had lived in North Arlington for many years.

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

After graduating from Essex Catholic, Art enrolled in the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War. He retired a few years ago from the Kearny Police Department at the rank of sergeant.

Artie was a part-time bar tender at Teddys Cocktail Lounge in Kearny for many years and had been one of the main assistants at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home for over 25 years.

He and his late father, Bob Hackett, were both active with the American Legion in Kearny.

He was the beloved husband of Mary Jane (Snyder) and loving father of Meghan Delli Santi (Anthony). Brother of Ellen Pfarr, Jim Hackett (Lisa), Carole Hackett, Thomas Hackett (Shelley) and the late Kathleen Potter (Aramis), he was the dear brother-in-law of Marguerite Daily and Elaine McDonnell. He was the cherished uncle to many nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his grandson and little buddy, Tony.

James F. Carey Jr.

Marine Veteran James F. Carey Jr. (Jimmy), 64, of Kearny, died April 27, 2020.

He was predeceased by his parents (Eleanor and Jim) and brother Robert.

Born and raised in Kearny, Jimmy graduated in 1974 from Kearny High School, where he excelled in football. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp proudly serving for six years.

Following his discharge from the Marines, Jimmy served four years in the United States Coast Guard. In 1987, he started his 25-year career with the Kearny Fire Department. During this time, Jimmy was awarded Fireman of the Year in 2009 and spent many years as the Union President for the FMBA Local 18.

Jimmy was always there for anyone in a time of need and was the first to give you the shirt off his back. He loved music, was a great cook and a master storyteller. It wasn’t just the story, which often had an animated twist since he was involved, but how he told it.

Favorite pastimes involved sports. Jimmy was a die-hard New York Rangers season ticket holder, avid golfer and a huge NY Giants and Yankee fan. The love of sport and other traits were passed onto his family whom he so dearly loved.

Jimmy is survived by his loving wife Sharon (nee Ball), two sons James III and Daniel, daughter-in-law Nicole, two beautiful grandchildren Avery and Daniel, a sister Lee Ellen Paulin (Dave) and niece Olivia and nephew David.

Private services were entrusted to the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home with interment at Fairview Cemetery. A celebration of his life and memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Patricia Elson

Patricia Elson died peacefully on April 28, 2020.

She was predeceased by her loving parents, John and Mary Elson, her beautiful sister Kathryn D’Antuono and brother-in-law Nicholas D’Antuono.

She will be dearly missed by her closest friends Stella Dzierewianko and Rose, Margaret, Antonia, Fiona and her many friends from St. Cecilia Parish. Patricia will be remembered as a kind, beautiful, loving, innocent soul always praying for others.

She sang like an angel in the St. Cecilia choir, displaying  her devout love of God and others.

Patricia, you are finally home.  Rest easy and rest in peace.

Frank S. Bernardo

Frank S. Bernardo, 82, of Lebanon Borough, died Thursday, April 30, 2020, at Hunterdon Care Center in Flemington.

He was born on Sept. 11, 1937 in Kearny. He spent his childhood in Kearny. He lived in East Windsor and Colonia before moving to Lebanon Borough 14 years ago.

He was the son of the late Steven and Theresa Manfredi Bernardo.

Frank was the husband of Mary Kenny Bernardo, celebrating over 60 years of marriage.

Frank graduated from Kearny High School and also attended Seton Hall University. He worked as a sales manager for the Occupational Center of Union County (OCUC) until his retirement in 2007.

Memberships include Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Annandale.

Frank was an accomplished baseball player and is featured in the Hall of Fame at Kearny High School.  After high school, Frank signed a Minor League contract with the New York Giants and played several years within the organization. He enjoyed all sports and was an avid Yankee fan. He also enjoyed cooking, especially his delicious pasta fagioli soup and antipasto salad.

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include three children Theresa Easse and her husband Edward of Wayne, Mary Beth Pittinger and her husband Jim of Lebanon and Christopher Bernardo and his wife Nathalia of West Caldwell.  Six grandchildren Eddie Easse, Andrew Easse, Alex Pittinger, Elizabeth Pittinger, Shane Bernardo and Colette Bernardo.

He is also survived by one sister; Carol Jardim and her husband Fino of Bayville, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by one sister Jesse D’ambola.

Because of the current restrictions regarding Coronavirus, all services will be private. Entombment will take place in the Immaculate Conception Mausoleum in Annandale.

Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, Lebanon, was in charge.

Joseph Joe Lombardo Sr.

Joseph “Joe” Lombardo Sr. died at Clara Mass Hospital in Belleville on April 20, 2020.

He was 73.

Private funeral services will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison.

Born and raised in Harrison, his family moved to Kearny and lived there for 30 years and for the last nine years, he lived in North Arlington.

Joe worked for Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission as an operations manager for 40 years, retiring in 2011.

Joe was a parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church, in East Newark.  He graduated from Lincoln Technical School, Newark.  He enjoyed working on his cars, especially the 1965 Pontiac GTO that he lovingly named, “The Goat.” Joe enjoyed classic music from the ‘60s and could listen to that music all day with his wife.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Jean (nee Henry) Lombardo, caring children Joseph Jr. and Denise Lombardo and precious grandchildren Bobby “Punker” Lombardo, Desire, Felicity, Issiyah and a great-grandchild Vincent James Lombardo. He is also survived by his siblings Mary & Dennis Calpin and also many nieces and nephews. Joe was predeceased by his parents Frank and Grace Lombardo as well as his sister Antoinette Madden.

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In lieu of flowers, an expression of sympathy may be made to a COVID charity of your choice, in loving memory of Joseph.

Catherine Burns

Catherine Burns (nee Hughes) died April 27, 2020.

She was 88.

Born in Audenreid, Pennsylvania, she lived in Kearny for the past 65 years. Private arrangements were by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny.

Catherine was the devoted wife of the late Edward Burns. Loving mother of Robert Burns (Jeanne), Edward Burns (Shirley) and the late Scott Burns, she is also survived by her grandchildren Eric and Nicole and her great-grandchildren Kaitlyn and Josh.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Kearny Emergency Squad.

James E. Gorman

James E. Gorman of Kearny died April 26, 2020.

He was 67.

Arrangements were by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. A memorial service will be scheduled in the future for Jim. His remains will be laid to rest with his father and sister in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Jim worked at the Amoco Station in Nutley for over 25 years. He was also a U.S. Army veteran.

He was the dear brother of Marie Gorman, Roberta Dulinski (John), Robert Gorman and the late Karen Callaghan. He is also survived by loving nieces and nephews.

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

Martha Lucy Sheridan

Martha Lucy Sheridan died April 25, 2020.

Lucy was born in Kearny and graduated from St. Cecilia’s. Lucy chose a nursing career and went on to graduate from St. Joseph’s Nursing School. Lucy continued her education by getting both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Lucy started out nursing in a hospital environment as well as working as an industrial nurse. But her favorite job was being a school nurse in the Paterson school system. Lucy loved working with children and retired in 2002. She was a longtime and active member of St. Antoninus Church in Newark.

Lucy had a warm, loving smile that could lighten up a room. She had a great sense of humor and a laugh that warmed your heart. Lucy enjoyed a variety of music, but Irish music, especially when live, held a very special place in her heart. She also enjoyed dancing and spreading joy to all she met. It was this all-encompassing love of people that made her such a committed and devoted believer in the Catholic Church.

Her strong faith helped her through many of life’s obstacles.

Lucy was predeceased by her dear sisters Rosie Tague and Anne Plisco. She is survived by her children Karen Kennedy, Jim Dupree, Cathy Dupree and Lisa Hampton and her loving grandchildren Justin Kennedy, Amanda Dupree, Kasey Hampton, Victoria Hampton and Audrey Hampton. She also leaves behind her long-time friend and companion Peter Caffrey.

Private arrangements were by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home. She will be buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington. The family will host a celebration of Lucy’s life at a later date when it is safe to do so. Donations may be made in memory of Martha Lucy Sheridan to Alzheimer’s Association, NJ Chapter, 3 Eves Drive, Suite 10, Marlton, N.J. 08053 or at

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Doris Mc Cracken

Doris Mc Cracken (nee Kington) of Barnegat, formerly of Kearny, died peacefully on April 20, 2020.

Doris was two months shy of her 98th birthday.

Before moving to Barnegat in 2009, Doris spent most of her life in Kearny. She was a graduate of Kearny High School.

Her first job was with the Salvation Army in New York City. Later on, she was an office manager with Garray Plastics and L&R Manufacturing, both in Kearny. After retirement at age 70, Doris returned to the Salvation Army, this time in Kearny, where she was a senior soldier. She was the Home League secretary (women’s ministry), and a bookkeeper and case worker for their Family Services Department.

She is survived by her children, a son, Robert Mc Cracken Jr., of Clark Summit, Pa., and a daughter, Cheryl Cathcart of Barnegat; five grandchildren, Chrystie, Stacey, Robert, Richard and Amanda, and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her four brothers and her sister, Janet.

Doris put everyone’s needs above her own. Her kind heart and quiet strength will be sorely missed by all the lives she touched. She was the matriarch of her family and her absence will be felt deeply.

Cremation services were private, under the direction of the Barnegat Funeral Home, Barnegat. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

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