Obituaries for March 17, 2021

Edwin G. Marshman Sr.

Edwin G. Marshman Sr. of Kearny died Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack.

He was 93.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave. Harrison. His interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

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Born in Newark and raised in Kearny, Edwin was a longtime resident of Harrison. He worked as an accountant for Melco in Ridgefield Park for many years.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 282, Harrison, where he served as Commander Emeritus, Past Hudson County Commander, also past Commander of VFW Post 340 of Harrison. Edwin was awarded Hudson County Veteran of the Year in 2010 and Harrison Veteran of the Year in 2016.

He served his country in the US Army in the Korean War from 1950 to 1957. Edwin loved his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Bernice Marshman (nee McGilly) in 1997, Edwin is survived by his loving children Edwin Jr., Robert (Veronica), Scott (John Vega-Marshman), his cherished grandchildren James (Melissa), Robert, and Aiden Vega-Marshman and great-grandchildren Mia Cruz Marshman and Josh Cruz. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wounded Warrior Foundation, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or in care of the funeral home in loving memory of Edwin.

Angela Zalewski

Angela Zalewski “Babe” (nee Dubanowicz), 89, died March 12, 2021.

Angela was born on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1931 in Jersey City. She graduated from Dickinson High School in 1950 and moved to North Arlington in 1956, where she lived with her husband and raised her family. Angie worked for RCA in Harrison until the birth of her first child.

She was the beloved wife and best friend of the late Henry Zalewski; the cherished mother of Linda Zalewski-Mellea (Pat Mellea), Hank Zalewski (Eileen Sullivan) and Chuck Zalewski (Gina Carini); the beloved grandmother and “most terrific babysitter in the world” to Patrick and Sarah Mellea and Cory, Kyle, Callan, Casey, Rhianna, Haylee and Ben Zalewski; the dear sister of Genevieve Sparta; and the dearly loved aunt of many nieces and nephews.

“Babe” got her nickname because she was the youngest of eight siblings. She had a great love of life, family and friends. She was everyone’s angel and often would refer to herself as “Angie the Christmas Angel.”  She had great faith in God and was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of Queen of Peace Church for over 60 years.

A funeral Mass for Angela will be celebrated at noon, Tuesday, March 16, at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Cremation will be private. The Parow Funeral Home, North Arlington, was in charge.

The family would appreciate  donations in memory of Angela be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fla. 33607 or

Barbara Russell

Barbara Russell died peacefully March 11, 2021, in Toms River, with her family by her side.

Barbara was born to the late Joseph and Marie Sateary on March 22, 1938 in Jersey City and lived in Kearny most of her life.

For 60 years, she was the devoted wife to Joseph who predeceased her in November 2019.

Arrangements are by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral Mass Tuesday, March 16, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Barbara was dedicated to her children and leaves behind daughters Karen Cannizzo, Donna Esteves and son David (Leslie) and was predeceased by son Michael (Lori). She was the cherished grandmother to Alexa, Amanda, Zachary, Joseph, Natalie and Gavin. She was the caring sister of Joan Mainiero (Joseph) and brother Joseph Sateary (Kathleen) and leaves behind several nieces and nephews.

Barbara genuinely enjoyed her family and friends, especially taking trips to Atlantic City, lunch at The Stack and Saturday visits to her favorite hair salon. Barbara loved to read and often exchanged books with her friends. Her love of gardening and holiday baking was shared and handed down to her daughters and grandchildren.

She was a long time parishioner of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny. Over the years, Barbara was employed by various companies in the area, notably Western Electric, Congoleum and BMG Music.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in her name.

Richard Laytos

Richard William Laytos, 83, died Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.

He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, moved to Kearny, resided in Old Bridge before settling back in Scranton upon his retirement.

Richard was a regional sales manager for Unisys Corp for over 15 years where he traveled the world and retired at the age of 65. He served in the Navy Reserves as a radar specialist on an aircraft carrier and was honorably discharged.

He was the husband of the late Lorrayne (nee Kulick) Laytos; devoted and loving father of Mark Laytos and his wife the late Kathleen and Michael Laytos and his wife Lucy; cherished grandfather of Juliana and Sophia; brother of Robert Laytos and his wife Theresa and Lois Rothka and her husband Joseph; dear nephew of Irene Potts; and he is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews.

The funeral for Richard took place Thursday, March 11, at the Shaw-Buyus Home for Services, Kearny. A funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Due to the restrictions recently placed on occupancy in public spaces by the State of New Jersey in the ongoing efforts to limits the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Richard’s funeral arrangements were limited.

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Margaret A. Lenz

Margaret A. Lenz (Collins) died March 9, 2021.

She was 93.

Born in Jersey City, she had lived in Kearny before moving to Manahawkin four years ago. Arrangements were by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny. Cremation was private.

Margaret was a receptionist for the law firm of Mudge Rose Guthrie and Alexander in New York City. She also enjoyed her membership of St. Stephen’s Seniors.

Beloved companion of the late Kenneth Kemble, she is survived by her son and his wife, Joseph J. and Pat Collins, her sister-in-law Jo Ann Medric; grandchildren Jennifer Fonseca and her husband Enrique, and Jaime Collins; and great-grandson Kayden. She is also survived by her cousin Harriet Riccaridone, along with many nieces, nephews and their families.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Road Home Foundation for Injured Warriors and Families.



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