Obituaries Dec. 2, 2020

Reynold ‘Sonny’ Alberti

Reynold “Sonny” Alberti of Harrison died suddenly on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 at University Medical Center, Newark.

He was 91.

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

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Born and raised in Harrison, Sonny was a lifelong resident.  He worked for the Harrison Board of Education for 35 years retiring many years ago.  He was a member of the Harrison Education Association and a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison.

In his free time, he enjoyed playing bingo at Holy Cross Church, Harrison.

Reynold is survived by his loving aunt Gloria Confessore and his cherished cousins Frederick G. Confessore and Joseph, Joseph and Thomas Catrambone. He is also survived by many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents Charles A. (1985) and Rose Alberti (2010).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Harrison Education Foundation, 501 Hamilton St., Harrison, N.J. 07029 or in care of the funeral home in loving memory of Reynold.

Shannon Podolski

Shannon Podolski died Nov. 26, 2020.

She was 22.

Born with medical illnesses, doctors thought she would only live for a few weeks.

Well, with her fighting spirit and her parents’ and caregivers’ awesome care and love, she lived 1,160 weeks. On Nov. 26, her life was changed, not ended.

Arrangements are by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Visiting hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Because of restrictions placed upon funeral homes, we are limited to the amount of visitors at one time. We respectfully ask that your visit be brief so we may be able to allow the most people possible. Her Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church and burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Shannon is survived by her adoring parents Stephen and Roseann Podolski; her cherished brother Sean, along with many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and their families. She was predeceased by her grandparents Jean and Ernest Podolski and Roseann and Patrick Lombardy.

The family wants to acknowledge Aunt Margaret for all of her assistance, love and support.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the Make a Wish Foundation N.J. Chapter.

John Chunka

John Chunka, 83, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

A celebration of John’s Life will take place at a later date.

Born and raised in Jersey City, Mr. Chunka had lived in North Arlington for the last 56 years.

He was a draftsman for 35 years at Western Electric in Newark, which later became AT&T. He retired in 1995.

John was a member of  B.P.O.E Lodge  1992, North Arlington and founding member of Pop Warner Leaders football league and a coach in that league for many years. He was a past president of the North Arlington Little League and coached in the league for many years.

John was predeceased by his wife Jean (Ricewick) Chunka. He is survived by his sons, Mark Chunka and his wife, Deborah, and Brian Chunka and his wife Nadine. John also leaves behind his grandson, Andrew-John Chunka and his son’s niece and nephew, Nicole and Zachary Bolognese, who he loved like grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution to a charity of your choice in John’s name would be deeply appreciated.

John Cicchetti

John Cicchetti died Nov. 25, 2020.

He was 82.

Born in Hoboken, he lived in Jersey City before moving to Kearny many years ago.

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

John was the dear husband of Felicia (nee Gagliardi) and beloved father of his children and their spouses Michael and Tina Cicchetti, Lisa Cicchetti, Steven and Susan Cicchetti and John and Sue Cicchetti. John was the last of nine siblings. He is also survived by his grandchildren Pamela, Steven, Angela and Nikki along with his great-grandchildren; Aiden, Avery, Jayden and Alivia.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to Pathways to Independence 60 Kingsland Ave., Kearny, N.J. 07032.

John J. Launay Jr.

John J. Launay Jr. died Nov. 21, 2020.

He was 67.

Born in Jersey City, he lived in Bayonne before moving to Kearny in 1983.

Private arrangements were by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. At a future date (yet to be determined) John’s family will have a memorial service so all his friends and family can join together to celebrate his life.

The beloved husband of Michele (nee MacArthur) and loving father of Danielle, he was the dear brother of Cindy Burke and the late Michael J. Launay. He is also survived by “every fish in the sea.” After his family, John’s passion was boating and fishing.

In lieu of flowers kindly consider a donation to your own favorite charity.

Thomas M. Twist Jr.

Thomas M. Twist Jr., 78, a lifelong resident of Rutherford, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.

It is with profound sadness the Rutherford Fire Department announces the passing of Twist, its former chief

Twist was a member of Engine Company No. 4, having been appointed to the Rutherford Fire Department on Oct. 18, 1966.

Twist served as Fire Chief of the Rutherford Fire Department in 1987. He served the Rutherford Fire Department and the Rutherford community in many capacities.

Twist also served as a company and corporate officer in Engine Company No. 4 for many years. He served on numerous committees in his fire company and for the department including relief trustee, fire department Fund Drive and the FD mutual Aid Softball League. He also spent many hours planting and maintaining Fireman’s Park.

The event Twist looked most forward to was the RFD Children’s Christmas party which he and his wife Sharon organized for many years.

Twist was selected by the Rutherford Irish American Association as Firefighter of the Year for the association’s inaugural parade in 2017. He was an Exempt Rutherford Fireman, a Life Member of the NJ State Fireman’s Association and South Bergen Mutual Aid Chiefs Association.

He also served his community of Rutherford on the borough’s Civil Rights Commission and most recently as a school crossing guard — and he was on his post at Park and Donaldson avenues as recently as four weeks ago. Godspeed, brother.

Thomas was a proud United States Navy veteran, having served during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was formerly employed for 30 years as an inside sales rep for Mc Elroy in Piscataway.

He was a big fan of the NY Giants, Mets, Rangers and Manchester United English football (soccer) team.

Thomas was born in Jersey City to Thomas M. and Ida (nee MacDonald) Twist in 1941. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Sharon (2010) and his sister Kay Bauer. He will be profoundly missed by his son Thomas M. III and his wife Erika, his loving grandchildren Victoria Elizabeth and Spencer, his sisters Muriel Fallon, Vanda Decher and a longtime personal dear friend, Christopher Seidler.

A service was conducted by the Rutherford Fire Department. Interment with US Navy Honor Guard presentation was in Lodi Cemetery, Lodi.

The Calhoun-Mania Funeral Home, Rutherford, was in charge.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Bergen County Firemen’s Home Association, C/O Jeff Parma, 277 Harriot Ave., Harrington Park, N.J. 07640, would be appreciated.

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