Obituaries for May 2, 2022

Rosemary J. (Illes) Ala

Rosemary J. (Illes) Ala, 82, died peacefully April 14, 2022, at home with her family by her side.

Born in Jersey City, Rosemary was the daughter of the late Stephen and Rose (Kerekes) Illes and raised in Kearny.

After residing in Parsippany for over 40 years, she and her husband George relocated to Macungie, Pennsylvania, in 2006. She and George celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in February.

Rosemary worked as an administrative assistant and car controller at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company for 29 years before retiring in 2005. She enjoyed shopping, playing Mahjong with friends and Mexican Train Dominoes with her grandchildren, and casino trips with her husband.

She was fondly known as “Mutti” to her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her loving husband, George; children: Denise Ala and fiancé Frank Casendino of Morristown; Richard Ala and wife Beth of Beverly Hills, Florida; Vivian Gurniak and husband Richard of Fogelsville, Pennsylvania; Valerie Donnelly and husband Glenn of Rockaway; grandchildren Nicole Boothe, Elizabeth Ala, Matthew and Brianne Gurniak, Aidan and Sage Donnelly; great-grandchildren Melanie and Michael Boothe and Emmarie Shreckengost; and brother David Illes of Little Falls. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred and Stephen Illes.

At Rosemary’s request, there will be no service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Lung Association.

Elizabeth Betty Loureiro

Elizabeth “Betty” (nee Esteves) Loureiro, 71, died suddenly in Ocala, Florida, at the Ocala Regional Hospital.  She was born in Newark, resided in Kearny, before settling in Florida 15 years ago.

Betty worked for Clayton Container in Harrison for two years and Pathmark Corp. in Carteret before retiring many years ago.

Beloved wife of 43 years of Joaquim (Jack) Albuquerque Loureiro, she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Ondina Esteves, dear sister of Ondina Guedes (late Mario), Lucia Gorski (Late Stanley), Ana Marrazzo (Thomas), Antonio Esteves (Robin) and Joaquim. She is also survived by many dear nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and the late Anthony Esteves.

The funeral for Betty is Wednesday, May 4, at 9 a.m., at the Shaw-Buyus Home for Services, 138 Davis Ave. at Bergen Avenue., Kearny. Mass will be celebrated at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. All are welcome to attend.

Visitation will take place Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 4-7 p.m.

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Robert Allan

Robert Allan, 63, died suddenly Monday, April 25, 2022, at his home in Rutherford.

The funeral service was at the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, with Pastor Matthew Swiatkowski, officiating. Cremation was private.

Born in Kearny, Robert lived there until moving to Rutherford 25 years ago.

He was a heavy equipment pperator for Lore Sweeping Company, Inc., in Passaic, for the last five years and was a member of Operating Engineers Local 825 in Springfield.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce (Anderson) Allan; one daughter, Heather Allan; and one son, Daniel Anderson (Kelli Lauterborn); and two brothers Stephen Allan (Janet) and Scott Allan (Renee).



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