Obituaries

Mercy Sister Grace Nolan, 97

Mercy Sister Grace Nolan, 97, formerly Sister Mary Trinita, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes School, Milltown’ and Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, died April 1 at McAuley Hall Health Care Center, also Watchung. Sister Grace was the … Continue reading

Mother Mary Joseph

Mother Mary Joseph of the Sacrificial Host of the Discalced Carmelites died April 3, surrounded by the loving care of her Sisters and supported by the sacraments of the Church. She was born Jeanne K. Norweb in Cleveland on April 18, … Continue reading

Mercy Sister Lillian Lizura, 76

Mercy Sister Lillian Lizura, 76, formerly Sister Mary Rosaleen, died March 28 at McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung. She was the daughter of Stanley and Lillian Lizura of South Amboy. She completed her elementary and secondary education at St. Mary’s … Continue reading

Catherine Suhay, 85

Catherine “Church Lady” Suhay (nee Hickey), 85 of Perth Amboy, died Feb. 27 at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy, with her family by her side. Catherine was born in New York City and came to Perth Amboy 59 years ago. … Continue reading

Mercy Sister Linda Chebro, 64

Mercy Sister Linda Chebro, 64, died suddenly Feb. 20 at her residence at Mount Saint Mary, Watchung. Sister Linda entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1978 and taught at Holy Family Academy, Bound Brook; St Elizabeth School, Bernardsville; Sacred Heart School, … Continue reading

Mildred “Inky” Toupet, 92

Mildred “Inky” Toupet , 92, the mother of Diane Gamache, accounts payable clerk, diocesan Office of Finance, died at the Mary Anne Hale Pavilion at JFK Medical Center, Edison, Jan. 16. Born in Newark, she was raised in Maplewood and graduated … Continue reading

Mercy Sister Margaret (Peggy) Crilly, 90

Mercy Sister Margaret (Peggy) Crilly, age 90, formerly Sister Mary Felice, died peacefully Dec. 26, 2016 at McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung. Sister Peggy served three dioceses throughout New Jersey during her 36-year teaching career. The schools included St. Ann, … Continue reading

Msgr. Richard A. Behl

Msgr. Behl was born June 5, 1941 in New Brunswick. He attended St. Joseph School, Bound Brook, and St. Peter the Apostle High School in New Brunswick. He entered minor seminary immediately after high school, studying at St. Charles College … Continue reading

Hugh Riley Rone, 19

Hugh Riley Rone, 19, of South Amboy, a cousin of Jill Gray, graphic designer for The Catholic Spirit, died May 31 in a motorcycle accident on the Garden State Parkway. He was a lifelong resident of South Amboy and a … Continue reading

Lottie M. Rak, 96

Bishop Emeritus Paul G. Bootkoski served as principal celebrant at a funeral Mass for Lottie M. Rak at St. Hedwig Church, Trenton, June 6. Lottie, 96, died May 30 at Saint Peters University Hospital, New Brunswick. She was the mother … Continue reading

Percy “Pat” J. Brighenti, 94

Percy “Pat” J. Brighenti, 94, of New Britain, Conn., the father of Father Kenneth D. Brighenti, died May 20 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Avon, Conn., Dec. 3, 1921, to his dear late parents, Dorothea LaMount … Continue reading

Father Joseph F. Hogan, 87

A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 7 at Our Lady of Grace Church, Penndel, Pa., for Father Joseph F. Hogan, who was a parochial vicar at Mary, Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough, when he retired from active ministry. Father Hogan … Continue reading

Sister Josene Harowicz, 80

Sister Josene Harowicz, 80, of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Third Order Regular of St. Francis, died of natural causes Dec. 5 at JFK Medical Center, Edison. Sister Josene had served as a preschool and pre-kindergarten teacher at St. John Vianney … Continue reading

Sister Marie Angela Natoli, 87

Sister Marie Angela Natoli, 87, former General Superior of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died Nov. 13 at Camilla Hall Nursing Home, Immaculata, Pa. Sister Marie Angela was born in Reading, Pa. She earned a bachelor’s … Continue reading

Mercy Sister Mary Christina Geis

Mercy Sister Mary Christina Geis died peacefully April 13 at McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung. Sister Christina, who once taught at St. Elizabeth School, Bernardsville, was born in Woodbridge. She was the daughter of the late Hugo and Catherine … Continue reading

Mercy Sister Mary Madonna Vona, 93

Mercy Sister Mary Madonna Vona, 93, aunt of Father David B. Kosmoski, pastor, St. Andrew Parish, Avenel, died peacefully Feb. 21 at McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung. Sister Mary Madonna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education … Continue reading

Elaine McAndrew, 66

A funeral Mass was celebrated for Elaine McAndrew July 26 at Our Lady of Peace Church, Fords. McAndrew, who taught social studies at Our Lady of Peace School for 43 years, died July 22 at the Haven Hospice Unit at … Continue reading

Mercy Sister Annette Duignan, 78

Mercy Sister Annette Duignan, 78, who served both the Diocese of Metuchen and the Diocese of Trenton in numerous capacities, died peacefully Feb. 3 at McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung. Sister Annette was born in Trenton, where she attended … Continue reading

Myron E. Brower

A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 24 at St. Bartholomew Church, East Brunswick, for Myron E. Brower, father of Lori Albanese, chancellor of the diocese. Mr. Brower, a communicant at St. Bartholomew Parish, died Jan. 20 at St. Peter’s University … Continue reading

Simone A. “Cy” Vashon

Simone A. “Cy” Vashon , the mother of Msgr. Randall J. Vashon, pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish, Annandale, died peacefully Oct. 22 at Woodlands Assisted Living in Hallowell, Maine, at the age of 90. A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 24, … Continue reading

Michael G. Lynch

Michael G. Lynch, 65, of Iselin died Aug. 27 at the Lyons Campus of the New Jersey VA Hospital System. He was the husband of Joyce Liska Lynch, executive assistant to Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski. Born in Boston to the … Continue reading

Father Gerald Browne

Father Gerald Browne, long-time pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Carteret, died, August 23. Father Browne’s body will be received by Rev. Msgr. Robert Zamorski at 2 p.m. at Divine Mercy Parish (Sacred Heart of Jesus Church), Carteret, on Monday, August 26.  Public visitation … Continue reading

Mercy Sister Edwarda Barry, 89

Mercy Sister Edwarda Barry, 89, died July 20 at McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung. Sister Edwarda was born in Trenton, where she attended Blessed Sacrament Grammar School and Cathedral High School. After entering the Sisters of Mercy in 1942, … Continue reading