Alexander Alai

Mr. Alai, 94, of Highland Park, died Jan. 31 at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick. Born in Vilnius, Poland, he came to the United States in 1915 and had lived in Scranton, Pa., and Newark before moving to Highland Park in 1961. While residing in Newark, he served as an air raid warden, a volunteer whose job was to help the fire and police departments get medical assistance if their area was bombed. Prior to retiring in 1972, he was a pipe fitter at Western Electric, Kearny, for 36 years. He had previously worked as a coal miner for Hudson Coal Co. in Pennsylvania. Mr. Alai was a communicant of and lay leader at St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church, Edison. He was also senior champion at Tamarack Golf Course, East Brunswick, for six years. Mr. Alai was predeceased in 1999 by his wife, Mary Ann. Surviving are two sons, John of California and Edward of North Brunswick; three daughters, Betty Giardino of Edison, Rosemarie Stelzle-Dill of Piscataway and Susan Sinibaldi of Milltown; a sister, Helen Dubrosky of Garwood; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at The Crabiel Home for Funerals, Milltown, followed by a funeral liturgy at St. Theresa’s Church. Interment took place at Lake Nelson Memorial Park, Piscataway. Memorial donations may be made to the Highland Park First Aid Squad, 128 S. 11th Ave., Highland Park 08904.

Rose K. Olivo Nicoletti

Mrs. Nicoletti, 90, of North Brunswick, died Jan. 26 at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick. Born in Rosita, Pa., she resided in North Brunswick more than 60 years. She was a seamstress at Bond Clothing Company, New Brunswick, for 20 years, retiring in 1974. She was a communicant of St. Mary of Mount Virgin Roman Catholic Church, New Brunswick. She was a member of the North Brunswick Senior Citizens. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter Nicoletti in 1974; and two brothers, Anthony Olivo in 1987, and Joseph Olivo in 2004. She is survived by a son, William P. Nicoletti of Morristown; a daughter, Patricia Krosnowski of Edison; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary’s Church. Interment was at St. Peter’s Cemetery, New Brunswick. Arrangements were by Selover Funeral Home, North Brunswick.

Mildred A. Petoia McGowan

Mrs. McGowan, 78, of North Brunswick, died Jan. 30 at home. Born in Newark, she resided in Edison, prior to moving to North Brunswick more than 20 years ago. She was an office manager at Consolata Missions, Somerset section of Franklin Township, for 35 years, retiring in 2001. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church, North Brunswick. She was predeceased by her husband, Bernard M. McGowan in 1997. She is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Gerald and Brenda McGowan, and Michael McGowan, all North Brunswick; two daughters and one son-in-law, Janet Domanski of North Brunswick, and Patricia and Larry Sage of Navasota, Texas; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be Feb. 2 at Selover Funeral Home, North Brunswick. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. Our Lady of Peace Church. Entombment will be at Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick.