Obituaries for Nov. 18, 2020

Constance Brady

Constance Brady (nee Swartz) died at home on Nov. 8, 2020.

She was 84.

Private arrangements are by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.

Wife of the late Samuel Brady, she is survived by her children and their spouses Donna Portuesi, David Brady (Cathy), Danny Brady (Donna) and Darrin Brady (Leslie.) Also surviving her are eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother Edward Swartz and her sister Anna May Swartz.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider a donation to The St. Jude Children’s Hospital or any autism charity of your own choice.

Colina West

Colina West (nee Gray)  died Nov. 9, 2020.

She was 87.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, she resided in Kearny and then Springhill, Florida, before moving to Denville three years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Cremation was private.

Colina was predeceased by her loving husband of 56 years Adam West. Beloved mother of  two sons Alan and his wife Doreen and Colin and his partner Aimee. Grandmother to Kyle, Mike, Rachel, Adam and Jackie. She is also survived by her great-grandson Wesley.

Lena was a proud member of the Scots American Club in Kearny. She worked as a physical therapist aide at West Hudson Hospital and the Argyle Fish and Chips Restaurant. She loved to dance and was dedicated to her cherished family.

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

Barbara Anne Cavelli

Barbara Anne Cavelli, 69, a long-time resident of Kearny, died suddenly at home on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020.

For forty plus years, Barbara taught school at St. John’s in Jersey City and retired two years ago from teaching at Classical Academy Charter School in Clifton. Barbara traveled extensively, and brought her knowledge, experience and unique style to opening the young minds of her students.

She most enjoyed teaching social studies and science. She was an avid reader and never outgrew her wanderlust for travel. Barbara is survived by loving friends and family.

Due to COVID restrictions, Barbara’s cremains will be laid to rest with her loving parents in the Spring at the Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Baltimore. Father Joe Mancini will perform a memorial Mass at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Kearny as close to the same time in the spring.

These arrangements have been entrusted to Condon Funeral Home and will be updated on their website accordingly.

Mary Carbone

Mary Carbone (nee Aloi), 95, of Kearny, formerly of Jersey City, died Nov. 11, 2020.

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

Born in Jersey City, Mary was a lifelong Kearny resident. She worked as a seamstress for many years until retiring. A talented baker and chef of Italian specialties, Mary most enjoyed preparing delicious meals for her family and friends.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late Dominick Carbone; loving mother of Michael Carbone and his wife Carolann and Nicholas Carbone, cherished grandmother of Michael Anthony and Jennifer Michelle and adoring great-grandmother of Marina Michelle and Michael Thomas. She is also survived by her sisters Victoria Mucciolo and Josephine Burgagni, and was predeceased by her sisters Rose Aloi and Frances Cupo.

Katherine Doffont

Katherine Doffont (nee Clark), 64,  died Nov. 12, 2020.

Semi private arrangements are by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. A Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington

Kathy lived in Kearny before moving to Bayville in 2001.

Wife of the late Duane Doffont, she is survived by her children Jeanine Doffont (David Luberto), Lauren Doffont (Ryan McKay) and Amylynn Doffont (Jordan Ocello). She was the dear sister of John Clark, Richard Clark, Melissa Clark and the late Veronica Maiorana and the late Donald Clark. She is also survived by her loving in laws Grandma Dolly, Alan, Vincent, Jane, John and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Hackensack Meridian Health Subacute Rehabilitation (activities department) Wall Township, in Katherine’s name.

Cynthia Gale Mennella

Cynthia Gale Mennella (nee Blake), 64, died at home on Nov. 11, 2020.

A prayer service will take place Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Burial will follow in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny.

Born in Newark, Cynthia lived most of her life in Kearny. Cynthia worked as a nurse before leaving to care for her children. She was also a lifetime member of the National PTA.

She is survived by her beloved husband Donald. She was the loving mother of Clarence Hicks (Tanya), Christinna Vargas (Ariel), Donato Mennella (Emmy), Daniel Mennella (Jennifer) and Thomas Reid (Sandra). She was also the cherished grandmother to 12 grandchildren — Olivia, Donatella, Soleil, Leilani, Ebony, Kash, Kona, Maria, Thomas, Michael, Joel and Victoria.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Washington School PTA, 80 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, N.J. 07032.









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