Obituaries for Feb. 17, 2021


Sean M. Lowry

Sean M. Lowry died Feb. 9, 2021.

He was 40.

Born in Belleville, he was a lifelong Kearny resident.

Visiting was at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny.

Sean was the loving husband of Devonne (nee Cordero) and cherished son of Sid and Debbie Lowry. He is also survived by his beautiful daughter, Grace, and his brother and sister, Kevin and Caitlin Lowry.

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Walter Tomasheski

Walter Tomasheski died peacefully on Feb. 6, 2021, in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

He was 70.

Born in Newark to Frank and Yolanda (nee Fernicola) Tomasheski, he spent the majority of his life in Kearny, involved in local politics and as commander of American Legion Post 99. While serving America, he resided in Norfolk, Virginia.

In 2016, he relocated to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, to be closer to his children and grandchildren. The last year of his life was spent at Gino J. Merli Veterans Center in Scranton.

Walter served during the Vietnam era in the U.S. Navy, honorably discharged in 1973 where he returned to his hometown. He earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in 1980 from Farleigh Dickinson University.

Walter enjoyed a wide array of interests, including golf, leisure reading and travel. He was a longtime parishioner at St. Stephen’s in Kearny, member of UNICO, member of the Forty and Eight honor society of American veterans, and a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Council No. 4282 in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

However, he took his deepest joy from spending time with his family.

Surviving are his three children Walter (Hally) of Easton, Pa.; Paul (Carmen) of Stanhope; Christine Favocci (Robert Jr.) of Nazareth, Pa. Also surviving are his seven grandchildren Matthew (age 15), Eva (age 14), Luke (age 13), Gina (age 12), Paul (age 11), Cynthia (age 10) and Robert III (age 7), siblings Anthony, Adelma Starnes and Frank; many cousins, nephews and nieces as well as beloved friends from every stage of his life. Walter was preceded in death by his beloved wife Paula (nee Hudson), who died in Belleville, in 2016 and stillborn son, Stephen.

Visiting was at the Thiele-Reid Funeral Home at 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

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Andrew S. Caprio

Andrew S. Caprio, 87, died Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Jersey City, Andrew was raised in Harrison before moving to Kearny, where he resided for many years before settling in Point Pleasant in 1999.

He graduated from Harrison High School in 1951 and then went on to proudly serve the country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Prior to his retirement, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 38 years. Andrew was also the Owner of Drew Advertising Specialties.

He was a devout Catholic and was a member of St. Cecilia’s Knights of Columbus No. 6928 in Kearny.

Andrew was pre-deceased by his parents Anna and Ralph Caprio.

Survived by the love of his life of 65 years, Catherine Caprio (Watters); his children, Cathy Berko (Harry), Andrew Caprio (Dawn), Marybeth Zielinski (James), Thomas Caprio (Lisa), Annmarie Tarleton (Albert), Judy Ferriero, Joan Rose (Robert); 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Andrew loved to spend time with his family, playing cards, crabbing, fishing, camping in New Hampshire and enjoying time at the Jersey shore. After retirement, Andrew and his wife enjoyed yearly trips to Florida.  He led a remarkable life – he was kind, patient and will be missed by many.

Visitation was at the O’Brien Funeral Home, Brick. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic’s RC Church, Brick. Interment will follow at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Andrew’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Wounded Warrior Project.

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