Obituaries for April 20, 2022

Kenneth Williams

Kenneth Williams, 83, of Kearny, died peacefully on April 16, 2022.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, Tuesday, April 19, at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Born in Newark, Kenneth was a lifelong Kearny resident. He proudly served the people of his town as a patrolman with the Kearny Police Department from 1974 until his retirement in 1994. An avid outdoorsman, Kenneth enjoyed fishing and swimming, and especially days spent at the beach. He was also a loyal fan of the New York Yankees & Giants.

Kenneth was the beloved husband of Mary Jane (nee Graham) Williams; loving father of Kenneth John Williams, Susan Dulko and her husband Bob, Glenn Williams and his wife Debbie and John Williams and his wife Coreen; proud grandfather of Kenneth James Williams (Brittany), Tyler John Williams (Pye Pye), Robyn Dulko, Shawn Dulko, Ryan Williams (Michelle), Nicole Cain (Mary), Danielle Crockford (Thomas), Madison Williams and Jack Williams; and dear great-grandfather of Charlotte, Savannah, Finley and Nicholas. He was predeceased by his sister Marjorie Ballantytne and by his brother Douglas Williams.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association.

Dennis William Davitt

Dennis William Davitt, 74, of Middletown, Delaware, formerly of West Milford and Kearny, died Thursday, April 7, 2022.

Born in Kearny on Oct. 12, 1947, he was a son of the late William and Alice (McCrea) Davitt. Dennis proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps completing two tours in Vietnam. He made his career as a supervisor for the Town of Kearny for 40 years. Dennis served as the past commander at VFW Post No. 1302 in Kearny.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sharon (Duplain) Davitt; grandson, Dylan Vecchiarelli; and sister-in-law Diane Davitt. He is survived by his children, Heather Crist (Sergio), Jason Davitt (Sheetal), Joan Vecchiarelli and Ray Vecchiarelli; siblings Michael Davitt (Caren), Peggy Lawless (Jay), William Davitt and Gary Davitt (Diana); grandchildren Alexis, Madison, Jonathan, Saheli, Aanya, Jennifer, Raymond, Jacklynn, Lexy, Melissa and Jessica; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A service will take place at 2 pm, Saturday, April 23, in Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 75 North Church Road, Sparta.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dennis’ memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kan. 66675-8516.

To leave online condolences, visit The Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home and Crematory in Delaware was in charge.

Carmela Martone

Carmela Martone, 97 of Toms River, died on Monday, April 11.

She was born in Jersey City, where she was raised by her parents Rosalie and Francis La Magra.

Carmela married the love of her life, Vincent, and they raised their family in Kearny.

She enjoyed taking trips everywhere, especially to Seaside, Atlantic City or wherever her car would take her. Carmela drove until she was 96.

She enjoyed spending time with her family more than anything.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Vincent Martone and six siblings, Margaret, Paula, Antoinette, Rosemary, Joseph and Angelo. She leaves a surviving brother Vincent.

Also surviving is her son Vincent and his wife Deborah Martone of Toms River; her daughter Theresa and husband Ronald Testa of Wall Township; five grandchildren, Melissa, Lisa, Vincent, Amy and Alicia; along with five loving great-grandchildren, Lucia, Henri, Brielle, Franco and Felix.

A graveside service took place April 18 Holmdel Cemetery, Holmdel.

In lieu of traditional remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that donations in Carmela’s name be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (

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A memorial service will take place at a later date.

Robert R. Burton

Robert R. (Bob) Burton, 63, of Kearny, died Friday, April 1, 2022 at home after a heroic battle against glioblastoma.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 37 years, Wendy, as well as their four children, Bob (Jaclyn), Jayce (Amanda), Lacey (Jonathan) and Brielle. He leaves behind his six adoring grandchildren Isabel, Elijah, Bobby, Luna, James and Eloise. Additionally, he is forever loved and remembered by his mother, Lorraine Ryan, and his siblings and loved ones, Mike, Karen, Bill, Joe, Scott, Dina, Bryce, Barbara, as well as his niece and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Russell Burton.

Bob was loved by so many. He was a hardworking, self-made business owner and master carpenter. He dedicated many years to coaching Kearny youth baseball and softball. Through his ability to make friends wherever he went and his never-ending support to anyone in need, he has touched the lives of many. Above all, Bob was a family man whose main goal in life was to see his children happy — a task he completed simply by being present.

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

Pasquale A. ‘Pat’ Marino Jr.

Pasquale A. Marino Jr., or “Pat” as he is affectionally known, died April 14, 2022.

He was 89 years young.

Born in Jersey City, he lived in Kearny most of his adult life before moving to Monroe Township.

Pat served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Before retiring, he was the owner operator for CMC Pollution Control, Kearny.

Pat enjoyed reading in his spare time, as well as traveling, dancing and eating at local restaurants. But what he enjoyed doing the most was watching his New York Yankees.

Pat is survived by his nephew Bruce Marino, cousin Auggie Correa, beloved friend Salvatore Renna and Pat’s loving significant other, Kathleen Franke.

Family and friends are welcome to visit on Tuesday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny. ( A Catholic service will begin at noon at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

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