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Calogera Morgana - April 05, 1934 - May 16, 2024

Departed: 05/16/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: In Loving Memory of Calogera Morgana
Calogera Morgana passed away peacefully on May 16, 2024, in Guttenberg, NJ, at the age of 90. She is now reunited with her late husband, Giuseppe Morgana, and her daughter Maria Morgana-D'Amore.
Calogera was a loving nonna, mother, sister, and friend. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and cherished time spent with family. Her playful spirit and her ability to share laughter and joy with her grandchildren brightened their lives. They will dearly miss her infectious laughter.
Calogera is survived by her devoted children: Rosa Zarcaro and her husband Rosario, Calogero and his wife Antonietta, Antonino and his wife Debbie and son-in-law, James D'Amore. She leaves behind 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren who will deeply feel her absence.
She is also remembered by her dear siblings: Carmela, Giuseppe, and the late Salvatore, with whom she shared a bond of love and support throughout her life.
Calogera will be remembered with love and fond memories.
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Willi Wegener - December 17, 1936 - May 12, 2024

Departed: 05/12/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: Willi Wegener, a beloved husband, father and grandfather, peacefully departed from this world on May 12, 2024, at the age of 87. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret, his three children Edwin Wegener with his wife Juana, Harold Wegener, and Margaret Ann Camp with her husband Miles, and his grandchildren Cecelia Wegener, Alexa Wegener, Michelle Camp, Jessica Camp and Nicholas Camp.
Willi Wegener was born in Germany on December 17, 1936. He visited the United States in 1961 and met the love of his life Margaret. They married on August 4, 1962 and have been married for nearly 62 years while residing in West New York, New Jersey their entire marriage.
Willi was strong willed and a man of few words. He was a baker by trade working long hours and always made sure to put “food on the table” so his family can eat well. Willi was also an excellent cook and gardener, often growing prized tomatoes.
Willi's family was the cornerstone of his life, and he took immense pride in their accomplishments and happiness.
Willi also loved dogs and is survived by his faithful golden retriever “Queenie”.
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Renate M. Nash - August 23, 1943 - May 06, 2024

Departed: 05/06/2024 (North Bergen)
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Charles Mussara, Jr. - July 12, 1941 - May 03, 2024

Departed: 05/03/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: Charles "Charlie" Mussara, Jr., a cherished father, brother, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully on May 3, 2024, in Secaucus, NJ, at the age of 82. Born on July 12, 1941, in Jersey City, NJ, Charlie lived a life marked by generosity, humor, and a deep love for his family (both with fur and without), friends, and coworkers.
Charlie was a proud graduate of Union Hill High School, where he played football and established lifelong friendships. He was well-known in North Bergen and the surrounding areas as the owner of CandyPlus Fundraising, a business through which he supported countless local schools by organizing fundraising events.
In addition to his entrepreneurial spirit, Charlie dedicated 35 years of his life to the New Jersey Sports Complex (Meadowlands), where he began in security and rose through the ranks to become a supervisor. His colleagues at the Sports Complex were not just coworkers but became his extended family. Charlie was deeply respected by all who worked with him, and he cherished the camaraderie and friendships he developed over the years.
Beyond his professional life, Charlie was a lifelong animal lover whose generosity extended to all living creatures. His daily meetings at Dunkin Donuts were a testament to his love for social interaction and the importance of spending time with lifelong friends.
He is survived by his loving daughter, Corrine Leara and son-in-law Anthony; devoted brother, Anthony Mussara and sister-in-law Nancy; Niece Lisa Sgaramella and family, and nephew Anthony Mussara Jr. and family. Charlie is predeceased by his wife Georgina "Scotty" (nee Leitch), his parents Charles and Anna (nee Carrino) and sister Mary Foerch.
Charlie's family was the cornerstone of his life, and he took immense pride in their accomplishments and happiness. They, along with his friends and all who knew him, will miss his generous heart, his quick wit, and his boundless energy. As we reflect on Charlie's life, we are reminded of the lyrics of his favorite song "My Way" by Frank Sinatra: "I've lived a life that's full I traveled each and every highway And more, much more than this I did it my way"
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Adela Perez - July 13, 1933 - April 29, 2024

Departed: 04/29/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: Adela Perez, 90, of West New York, NJ, died on Monday, April 29, 2024. She was born in Cuba on July 13, 1933.
She was predeceased by her husband, Placido.
She is survived by her children, Abel and his wife, Lisa, and Belkys Agalopoulos and her husband, Steven, as well as her grandchildren, Christina and her husband, David Timarchi, Justin Perez, Alexandra Agalopoulos, Steven Agalopoulos, and Andrew Agalopoulos, and her great grandchildren, Gianna and Leo Timarchi. She is also survived by many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews in Cuba and Florida.
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Linda M. Dulanie - October 27, 1962 - April 27, 2024

Departed: 04/27/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: Linda Dulanie, a beacon of loving kindness, passed away suddenly on April 27, 2024 at the age of 61. Born on October 27, 1962 in Long Branch, New Jersey, Linda's life was a testament to her selfless nature and generous spirit. A devoted mother, sister, daughter, friend, and partner, Linda's unwavering support and warmth touched everyone she met. She is survived by her adoring daughter, Jocelyn Dulanie; her son, John Dulanie; her caring brothers, Claude Meyer with his wife Nancy, and Michael Meyer; her loving fiancé, Louis Barbanera; and her many nieces and nephews.
Linda's presence in their lives was a constant source of joy and comfort, and her memory will be cherished in their hearts forever. Linda's journey through life was marked by her boundless generosity. Whether through her career or countless acts of kindness, she always put others before herself. Her selflessness was not only a trait, but also a way of life. Linda effortlessly lifted up those around her with her nurturing love. Those who had the privilege of knowing Linda will recall her as the embodiment of love in action. Her ability to listen with an open heart, share without expecting anything in return, and love unconditionally were gifts that made her truly special.
Linda's passing leaves a void in the hearts of her family and community. However, the legacy of her love and the memories of her benevolent deeds will continue to inspire and comfort those who were blessed to know her. As we bid farewell to Linda Dulanie, we celebrate a life beautifully lived and a soul that will continue to shine brightly through the lives she touched. Her spirit will live on, guiding us with the light of her love and the memory of her grace.
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Luigina Rotundo - January 29, 1929 - April 26, 2024

Departed: 04/26/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: Luigina Rotundo, a beloved mother and grandmother, has been welcomed into the embrace of our Lord, and joins Him and the Communion of Saints in paradise.
She was born in the Catanzaro province of Feroleto Antico, in the southern Italian region of Calabria. There she married Michele Rotundo, and bore two daughters, Graciela and Marietta. In the 1950’s, she immigrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and bore a son, Miguel.
It was in 1978 when she, Michele, and their son, like millions across the world, made the venture to the United States, where she lived the remainder of her life. She lived in North Bergen for 44 years. Since then, she was been blessed with 7 grandchildren.
Luigina was known for her infectious laugh, her blunt honesty, her unwavering resolve, her playful spirit, and her beloved homemade cooking. She was a beacon of the old traditions that have made her family as strong as it is today. She loved knitting and crochet, Caso Cerrado, pinching you, and of course, cooking for the people she loved.
Her signature homemade meals consisted of fragunis, zucchini fritters, cooked pheasant and rabbit, spaghetti and meatballs, minestra, and most notably, lasagna with an Argentinian twist.
In her final years, she survived alongside her son, her daughter-in-law, Theresa, her two grandchildren, Michael and Mark, and granddaughter-in-law Courtney, in their house in Hackensack where she was given 2 years of love, joy, and peace.
She passed away in the morning, as the sun peaked over the horizon, and as the birds began to sing. Donations can be made to St Judes Hospital
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Josefina Castro - August 27, 1950 - April 20, 2024

Departed: 04/20/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: Josefina Castro, a devoted mother and cherished grandmother, peacefully transitioned from this life on April 20, 2024, in Hackensack, NJ. Born on August 27, 1950, in San German, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of Rafael Ayala and Monserrate Rosado.
Throughout her life, Josefina exemplified the true meaning of family, serving as a beacon of love and strength. Despite her formal education ending at the 8th grade, she bestowed upon her children and grandchildren invaluable lessons of resilience and compassion.
She leaves behind a legacy of love carried on by her seven children: Castor Lugo Jr, Alejandro Ayala, Benny Villalobos, Joseph Ayala, Edward Ayala, Rafael Ayala, and Jennifer Renda. In the hearts of her grandchildren: Stephanie Lugo, Ondrea Borrell-Lugo, Yasmine A. Turano, Castor T. Lugo, Ava M. Lugo, Olivia L. Ayala, Tiago R. Ayala, Matthew K. Lugo, and Jolene G. Renda, her memory will forever reside.
May she find eternal rest and peace in the arms of the Divine.
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Vera M. Quetel - May 16, 1933 - April 16, 2024

Departed: 04/16/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: Vera M. Quetel, 90 of West New York, NJ
Passed away peacefully in her home on 16 Apr 2024.
She is enjoying her eternal reward in Heaven along with her dearly beloved husband Victor, her parents Joseph and Cecilia Querard, her sister Beatrice, her brother Edward, her loving pets Muffin and Bingo, and all her friends and family who preceeded her in death.
Vera leaves us with a legacy of love in her children Robert (Leonora), Joseph (Melena) and Linda (Ed) Berger.
Her legacy continues to grow in her grandchildren, Janice, Edward (Jennifer) Tabitha (Jay) Justin (Davelyn), James (Ashley) and great-grandchildren Valerie, James, David, Daniel, Bella, Alexander, Victoria, Theodore, Faith and Dannelyn.
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Miguel Alvarez - April 01, 2024 - April 12, 2024

Departed: 04/12/2024 (North Bergen)
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Victor John Colombini - May 13, 1943 - April 07, 2024

Departed: 04/07/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: Victor John Colombini, 80 of Fort Lee.
Pre deceased by his parents Louis and Mary Colombini (nee- Poppo). After my birth in Houston, TX, my family raised me in North Bergen, NJ. I served in the US Army from 1961-1966. Then I met Lorraine Sosa, my Weehawken, NJ sweetheart and we married in 1973. It got better when we bore two beautiful children, Christine and Mark Colombini.  I will miss you. A special hello and love to my cousins Eugene Buccini and his wife, Joanne and to Amelia Rastetter and her husband Chris who always came to celebrate affairs dear to me. A big hug to my mother-in-law Catalina “Katie” Sosa. I will be smiling on your upcoming 100th birthday. Thank you to my brother-in-law, Councilman of Weehawken, Robert J Sosa and his wife Desiree. Thank you to my cousins Vernice Solimar and Maria Mancini. Hugs and kisses to my nieces and nephews, Lisette Sosa Bingold and Phil, Janelle Sosa, Kristen Sosa and Freddy, Danielle Ambrosio and Jack, Steven Mancini and Christine. And to all my grand and great grand nephews and nieces I will forever remember your giggles and runny noses. I was neurologically challenged in my ability to walk and talk. But when I walked, I always faced forward. And when I talked, I spoke straight. Now I can do so with no restrictions. I am free and with the Grace of God I will continue moving forward within His Kingdom. Bless you all. I’ve been.
Please, in lieu of flowers or gifts consider donating to research that combats Cerebellar Ataxia # 10 and/or research to better understand and address the challenges of Childhood Autism. Victor
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Leonard Altamura - April 14, 1938 - March 19, 2024

Departed: 03/19/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: The family requests in lieu of flowers donations can be made to Mr. and Mrs. non-profit foundation Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc.
Leonard J. Altamura, Esquire, an attorney and philanthropist whose advocacy touched lives all over the world, died Tuesday, March 19 in New York City. He was 85.
The cause was the onset of a sudden hemorrhagic stroke while walking in New York City on Friday with his wife Carmela.
A licensed personal injury attorney in Union City, New Jersey for 56 years, Mr. Altamura was widely known and beloved. He was a precise, honest, and compassionate lawyer. His legacy is defined by the wide spectrum of people he helped, from local laborers who needed assistance after workplace injuries, to internationally renowned classical musicians who benefitted from his patronage. Brian Stack, Mayor of Union City, said “Mr. Altamura was one of the kindest, gentlest human beings I have ever met in my lifetime. He was just a beautiful person with a beautiful heart.”
Mr. Altamura was born April 14, 1938, in Molfetta, Italy, a city near Bari in the Puglia region. His early years were marked by uncertainty and challenges during the second world war, an experience that fortified his determination to succeed at everything he attempted.
He received his education in the Catholic Church while preparing for a career as a priest. He received rigorous training in Latin, Greek, philosophy, Church doctrine, and history. He emigrated to the United States with his parents and five siblings in 1955.
They first settled in Hoboken, where some members of the family worked in their uncle’s coat factory. He quickly learned English, and after about a year left for college at the Don Bosco College Seminary in Newton, NJ. After a final year of study in Italy, Mr. Altamura decided to leave the clergy and find a new career.
After returning to the United States, he consulted a career-counseling service to help with his next move. They provided an aptitude test, which suggested he pursue the law. He attended Seton Hall University Law School, eventually earning his license to practice in 1967.
Mr. Altamura was eager for opportunities to establish a practice. He was one of the few lawyers in Union City at the time who spoke Spanish, and a travel agent allowed him to set up a small desk in the back of his agency to advise clients from among the waves of Cuban immigrants who transformed Union City in the 1960s. Those immigrants became his most loyal clients for the next half century as he established himself as one of the most sought-after trial attorneys in Northern New Jersey.
In 1969, Mr. Altamura married his wife of 55 years, Carmela Altamura, née Bucceri, an opera singer, arts entrepreneur, and renowned teacher. Together, they pursued a legacy of philanthropy in the arts that would transform the lives of students and artists all over the world.
In 1972 they founded the Academy of Fine Arts, Music, and Dance in Union City, whose faculty included many recent Russian and Cuban immigrants who trained in Moscow and danced with the Cuban National Ballet. In 1986 they also founded Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering ethnic, social, professional, and cultural relations through the arts. Soon after, they produced the first Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition, a pioneering program for emerging opera singers that offered opportunities for mature voices and eliminated racial bias in its auditions. Singers came from all over the world to compete, and many of them went on to sing at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Vienna Staatsoper, and Chicago Lyric Opera. The last competition was held in November 2023 in Siena, Italy.
In 1998, Mr. and Mrs. Altamura established the Altamura Center for Arts and Cultures in the Catskill Mountain region. They produced concerts and staged full operas there for over twenty years.
Outside of the courtroom, Mr. Altamura was an accomplished actor and producer of theater. He performed roles such as Alfieri in Arthur Miller’s Under the Bridge, George in David Mamet’s The Duck Variations, Peter in Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, and Vespone in Pergolesi’s Opera Buffa La Serva Padrona. He studied acting at H. B. Studio in New York City with Michael Beckett and Lorraine Serabian, and in the last few years took up singing under Mrs. Altamura’s tutelage.
Mr. Altamura was also an avid runner, swimmer, and cyclist. He ran over 50 races, completing the Boston and New York City marathons and many others. Mr. Altamura was honored many times over for his service to the community. In 2017, the Federazione Mofettesi d’America awarded him with the “Molfetta Day USA Heritage Award.” In 2019, Union City honored Mr. and Mrs. Altamura by naming 40th street between Bergenline Avenue and New York Avenue “Altamura Way.”
Mr. Altamura’s two guiding lights were St. Francis of Assisi, for his charity, and Abraham Lincoln, for his sense of justice.
His early training in the church forever influenced the way Mr. Altamura treated other people. He was unfailingly charitable, dignified, and generous. His daughter Cristina says that “he always gave to anyone who crossed his path who was in need.” He remained a lifelong devoted Roman Catholic, and contributed frequently to its causes, particularly programs of the Salesian Order.
At the same time, he was motived in his career by an unswerving commitment to justice. He was a fierce advocate in the courtroom, known to have a profound knowledge of the law and a keen eye for details. In his later years, younger lawyers frequently sought him out to burnish their own work and learn about his methods.
Mr. Altamura is survived by his wife, Carmela Altamura; his two children Cristina and Lenny Altamura; three grandchildren; and his five siblings, Sister Catherine Altamura, Dr. Michael Altamura, Patrick Altamura, Anna Bellizzi, and Antonietta Viola.
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Frank W. Viggiano - September 07, 1935 - March 16, 2024

Departed: 03/16/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: In Loving Memory: Frank Viggiano (1935-2024)
Frank Viggiano, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and pillar of his community, peacefully departed from this world on March 16, 2024, at the age of 88. He joins his beloved parents, Anthony (“Nero”) and Catherine (Catie), brother Anthony, and his wife Kathy (both survived by daughter Tara), sister Anita, and husband Anthony Kozikowski (both survived by their son Anthony and daughter Alysse, her husband Justin Cummings and son Cooper) in eternal rest. His passing marks the end of a life filled with love, laughter, dedication, and profound impact on those fortunate enough to have known him.
Born on Sept 7, 1935, Frank spent his earlier years growing up in downtown Jersey City, NJ, which helped shape his strong work ethic and unwavering commitment to creating and maintaining a strong sense of family. There he met many lifetime friends, including the late Anthony Nicodemo, Sr. and Bill Macchi, Sr. Frank was a proud alum of Holy Family HS, Union City where he was a scholarship baseball player. He earned his BA at Seton Hall University and his MA at Rutgers University.
Frank's journey took a significant turn when he met the love of his life, Angela, whom he married in 1960. Together, they embarked on a remarkable journey spanning over six decades, characterized by their unwavering devotion and mutual respect to each other - moving from Jersey City to North Bergen. Their bond was a testament to the enduring power of love and partnership, serving as an inspiration to all who knew them.
As a father, Frank was an example of strength, dedication, wisdom, and integrity - instilling his six children with these attributes along with a strong sense of purpose, understanding, and love. He took great pride in witnessing their successes and supported them through life's inevitable challenges. He is survived by his children, David and wife Lisa (Mullane), sons David and Sammy, Anthony, Deborah, Gregory, Douglas, and Robert and wife Dawn (Lawrence), sons Dominic, Vincent, and Andrew.
Frank's role as a grandfather brought him immeasurable joy and fulfillment. He cherished the precious moments spent with his five grandchildren, nieces, and nephew, imparting invaluable lessons, and creating cherished memories.
Frank’s passion for knowledge and love of literature made him a natural fit for becoming an educator at North Bergen High School, in North Bergen, NJ. Over a 30-year teaching career teaching English literature in North Bergen he was able to impart his wisdom and love of learning to countless students who entered his classroom. His passion for teaching and firm belief in the importance of education drove him to undertake leadership roles as the president of the North Bergen teacher’s union, and later President of the NJ AFT. He was the proud varsity baseball coach with his dear friend the late Ralph Fedele. Additionally for many years he ran the elementary school basketball program and was a volunteer baseball coach in the North Bergen Little League. Furthermore, during his summers when not teaching, he worked as a Laborer and was a very proud lifelong member of the Laborer’s Local 325. In his spare time he found tremendous pleasure sharing his love of motorcycle riding with his son Anthony. He rode actively across the country for over 35 years.
Frank was deeply committed to his Catholic roots and his dedication to living those values by serving his community and helping the people who he encountered. He believed in the importance of living life through the values instilled in him by the Roman Catholic church. Angela and he always spoke proudly of their children’s education and graduation from Catholic prep high schools Holy Angels’ Academy, in Demarest, NJ and St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, NJ. This life guiding tenant led to his role as founder and principal of the CCD program at Our Lady of Fatima, in North Bergen, NJ, as well as many other positions he volunteered for in the parish where Angela and he met many dear friends including the Rev. Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale, and the late Anthony and Grace Herenda, Thomas and Helen Dougherty and Joseph and Josephine Tighe. The principal position, though, allowed him to combine both his love for educating with his core foundational principles of life.
Frank’s passing leaves a profound void in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. However, his spirit will live on in the countless lives he touched and the memories he created. Though he may no longer be with us in body, his presence will forever be felt in the warmth of the sun, the gentle breeze, and the love that surrounds us.
Frank will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Angela, his children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends. May he rest in eternal peace, knowing that his legacy of love and compassion will endure for generations to come.
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Robert J. Biondo - December 15, 1958 - March 04, 2024

Departed: 03/04/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: With sadness, we share that Robert Joseph Biondo, or Bobby, peacefully passed away on March 4th, 2024, at his home in Guttenberg, NJ. Born on December 15th, 1958, in Jersey City, NJ, Bobby's life was all about kindness, laughter, and caring deeply for his loved ones.
Bobby went to Memorial High School where he made lifelong friends and had great times. After school, he worked for many years for the State of New Jersey until he retired in early 2023. He wasn't just a coworker; he was a true friend to many.
Anyone who knew Bobby will remember him as a loving dad and grandpa who found joy in being with his family. He leaves behind his loving daughters and grandchildren, Abigail, Annabelle, Adalyn, Jaxon and Sophia who brought him so much happiness. He'll also be deeply missed by his fiancée, Maria, her son Carlos and wife Amanda, and his dear brother Larry and sister Marilyn.
Our dad, Bobby, was the heart of every gathering, making everyone laugh with his stories. He loved woodworking and put a lot of love into everything he made, especially his latest project, a special workbench. He enjoyed taking walks, listening to music, and video calls with his grandchildren.
Bobby was a kind person with a big heart, and he'll be remembered for spreading love and laughter. He touched the lives of many, and even though he's no longer with us, the memories he created will never fade away. Join us in a repast in Bobby’s honor on Friday 3/8/24 at 1pm at Dipalma's Restaurant 8728 John F Kennedy Blvd.,
North Bergen, NJ 07047.
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Arlen E. Daniels - November 02, 1937 - March 04, 2024

Departed: 03/04/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: Arlen Daniels passed away on Monday, March 4, 2024 in Toms River. He was 86.
Born in Surat, India, he resided in West New York, New Jersey. Prior to his retirement, he was a banker at a commercial banking institution. He was an avid reader. He knew the Bible very well and could recite any verse and would have a very interesting conversation about the Bible with his great friends from the church. He was also a very strong supporter of Israel and had multiple trees planted in Israel. He donated to multiple charities and was a very generous man.
Surviving are his children: Neena Critelli and her husband Joseph, and Nitin Daniels and Kelly Daniels; grandchildren Jennifer, Ashley, Kimberly, Kevin, Sierra, and Brendan; his great grandchildren: Layla, Liam, Riley, Scarlett and Jackson; step children Tammy and Phillip; step granddaughter Destinee; brother: Elden Daniels.
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Janice M. Danduono - July 03, 1941 - March 03, 2024

Departed: 03/03/2024 (North Bergen)
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Chiarina E. Gargiulo - July 01, 1924 - February 18, 2024

Departed: 02/18/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: Chiarina E. Gargiulo, also known as “Grandma Claire” to all those who had the pleasure of knowing her, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2024. Claire was born in New York City on July 1, 1924. Claire lived a beautiful 99 years and was always surrounded with the ones she loved. Her North Bergen home was frequented by everyone that knew her and she made sure you never left with an empty stomach.
Claire has joined her best friend and loving departed husband John D. Gargiulo, and sister Marie Longariello, along with many other loving friends and family in Heaven. The one and only, the golden matriarch of our family, is survived by her loving daughters Diane and Adrienne, her son-in-law Billy, her grandchildren Billy, Melissa, and Kimberly, and her eight great- grandchildren Giovani, Ashley, Alyssa, Alexis, Mia, Brady, Drew, and Kayla.
Claire was dedicated to her work at Palisade Savings Bank for over 30 years, where she helped and touched the lives of many throughout the community. Above all, Claire enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved trips to Atlantic City and Vegas to play the slot machines and was often a lucky winner playing Keno. Claire and Johnny would often visit the Meadowlands racetrack and her favorite jockey was John Campbell! She taught us all how to pick the winning horse and was lucky enough to celebrate her 92nd birthday with John Campbell himself! Claire could make you blush with a dirty joke, reminisce with her cherished storytelling, and sing a happy tune like “my wooden little shoes”. Claire had an extremely warm and loving impact with everyone she met. She made all those around her feel at-home. Claire was full of spirit, extremely strong-willed, and will always be the life of our party! Her family will forever cherish our loving memories and continue to carry on her generous bighearted legacy!
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James V. Cerullo, Jr. - November 06, 1946 - February 15, 2024

Departed: 02/15/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: James Vincent Cerullo Jr., or “Jimmy”, as he was endearingly known by all who had the pleasure of meeting him, transitioned home to his eternal resting place on February 15th, 2024. Born in French Hospital in New York City on November 6, 1946, Jimmy’s parents would bring him home to raise him in the township he would always refer to as “God’s Country” and would ultimately call home. Jimmy was raised in North Bergen, and bled Bruins’ colors of red and gold, spending the entirety of his life serving both the adults and children of his community, doing what he loved, which was not just selling bicycles, but packaging and delivering them as memories. If you knew where 85th Street and Bergenline Avenue was, then you knew of James Vincent Bicycles.
Jimmy joined his departed wife Gloria J. (Simonetti) Cerullo, his mother Elizabeth (Ferguson) Cerullo and his mentor in life, his father James Vincent Cerullo Sr., and countless friends and family that have since left us. Jim is survived by his sister Mary (Cerullo) Buda, his son James Vincent Cerullo III, and his wife Liliana Cerullo, his son Brian Cerullo and his wife Stephanie (Cross) Cerullo, and his daughter Jillian Cerullo, as well as his four grandchildren: Jack Cerullo, William Cerullo, Julian Cerullo, and Nolan Cerullo. Nothing gave Jimmy more joy than his family, especially his children and grandchildren.
No matter where Jimmy went, he would always be stopped by someone that would say, “Mr. Vincent, I bought my first bike from you.” A humble man that did not like to be thrust into the spotlight, there was this sense of pride that the family bicycle business that his father, James Vincent Sr., started in 1936, was still talked about by sentimental adults reminiscing about their childhood. One story often raised by his sister, Mary, highlights the kind, loving soul Jimmy was, and the care he had for others. A father had bought a bicycle for his son, and the same day the bike was purchased, it was later stolen leaving both the father and son devastated. When Jimmy learned what had occurred, he replaced the bicycle for the boy free of charge, as he knew the son’s father did not have the money to buy a second bicycle. This is just one memory of many that exemplifies the love he had for his customers, his community, and his friends and family. Donations in Jimmy’s name, may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research at
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Marie E. Anderson - April 19, 1928 - February 14, 2024

Departed: 02/14/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: Marie E. Anderson passed away peacefully on February 14, 2024. Her granddaughter, Stacy, was at her side. Born on April 19, 1928, in West New York, Marie's life was a testament to her spirited personality.
Marie was a dedicated and loving mother and grandmother. She married the love of her life, "Andy," who predeceased her. Marie was the cherished mother of Janet Bicica and her husband, Wayne and Nancy Iacono and her husband, Bob. She was the proud grandmother of Gregory, Stacy, Bobby, Leigh, and Leslie. Her heart held a special place for her departed children, Jill and John, who were lovingly remembered in her stories and memories.
Marie especially enjoyed trips to Atlantic City, where she was notably lucky at the slot machines. Two cruises to Alaska, summers in Stone Harbor, and driving cross-country formed some of her favorite memories.
Marie was an avid caregiver. She provided comfort and support to many, earning her a reputation for her thoughtful and compassionate nature. She was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Marie's legacy is carried on through her family, who will continue to honor her memory by living out the values she instilled in them. Her impact on the lives she touched is immeasurable, and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
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Delfina Rodriguez - September 27, 1937 - February 14, 2024

Departed: 02/14/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: Delfina Rodriguez, age 86, of West Palm Beach, Florida passed away on February 14, 2024.
Delfina was born in Artemisa, Cuba on September 27, 1937.
She was predeceased by her husband Lazaro Rodriguez and her daughter, Lourdes Hyland.
Delfina is survived by her son, Rafael A. Rodriguez; grandchildren, Sebastian Rodriguez, Derek Hyland, Max (Melissa) Hyland; great grandson, Miles Hyland; brother, Jose (Vickie) Diaz. Delfina will be lovingly remembered by other family and many friends who will miss her dearly.
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Bertha Colmenero - September 25, 1923 - February 13, 2024

Departed: 02/13/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: With a twinkle in her eye and a century of tales in her heart, Bertha Colmenero (surrounded by her immediate family), completed her earthly sojourn on February 13, 2024, after a glorious 100-year parade around the sun. Born in the vibrant land of Cuba, Bertha danced through life with a love that was contagious, caring that knew no bounds, generosity as vast as the ocean, and a friendship that was as warm as her native shores.  Her dedicating heart to help others was beyond inspiring-making her a beacon of friendship and pride for those fortunate to cross her path.
She is fondly celebrated by her brother, Roberto Madan; daughter-in-law, Kimberly Fleites; along with her loving, cherished and forever grateful grandchildren, Tabatha Fleites Cervantes, Toni Fleites Lobel, Schawn Fleites, Kimmie Fleites Reynolds; and her adoring great-grandchildren, Anthony Spiegel, Cara Lobel, Emma Lobel, and Tatiana Cervantes.
United once more with her beloved father, Bienvenido Madan; mother, Virginia Madan; and son, Isidro "Tony" Fleites, Bertha's spirit is now carried on through the generations she shaped with tenderness and strength.
Bertha's selfless devotion was evident through her years as a compassionate social worker and as an ESL teacher at Burnett Street School in Newark, diligently serving for over two decades. With the educational foundation laid at Montclair State University, she built a career of impact and resonance.
As a faithful parishioner of the Church of Saint Joseph of the Palisades, Bertha's life was further enriched by her spiritual community, where she both served and found solace.
Wherever Bertha went, she carried her joy for life. Everyone loved her smile and bubbly personality.  Whether she was globe-trotting, on shopping adventures, pampering at the salon, immersed in her favorite books, or sharing quiet moments with her cherished dog, Moteka, and her cat, Lily, Bertha embraced each day with passion and a zest for new experiences.
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Rocco Giordano - October 06, 1978 - February 13, 2024

Departed: 02/13/2024 (North Bergen)
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Harry Minerly - February 01, 2024 - February 02, 2024

Departed: 02/02/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: Harry Minerly passed away on February 2, 2024.
He enjoyed his job working for Rapid Pump & Meter Service in Paterson, NJ.
He loved spending time at home with his wife and tinkering in his spare time.
Harry was born and grew up in Cresskill New Jersey and was the son of Florence (Arnold) and Harry Minerly who have both been deceased.
He is survived by his loving wife, Denise Minerly. Beloved stepfather to David M. McCall & Robert J. McCall III. Beloved Pop Pop to Casey, Kylie and Dylan McCall. Beloved dad to Shadow, his African Grey Parrot.
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Daniela Drago-Kascic - January 02, 2024 - January 30, 2024

Departed: 01/30/2024 (North Bergen)
Obituary Preview: Daniela Drago-Kascic, the epitome of kindness and generosity, departed from this world and was welcomed into the arms of our Lord on January 30th, 2024, at the age of 56. Her radiant spirit is carried on by her two beloved daughters, Christina and Julianna Kascic, and grand-dog, Cannoli, who were her entire world. Survived by parents Gaetano and Adalgisa Drago, sister Francesca Drago, and nephews David and Joseph Sainato.
Daniela was not only Julianna's biggest fan, supporter, and cheerleader at her basketball games but also Christina's pillar of strength as she pursued her noble career in nursing. She always gave Christina credit for her dedication and compassion in such a demanding field, and she was incredibly proud of both her daughters' achievements.
When Daniela wasn't in the stands or providing encouragement to her daughters, she was out exploring life's myriad of opportunities, always seeking new experiences every weekend. Her large, friendly personality left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She always made sure to capture every moment as she was the picture-loving, selfie queen.
A selfless individual to a fault, Daniela was the rock for those who needed support, the best mother, daughter, friend, and sister one could ever hope for. Her absence leaves a void that cannot be filled.
Her infectious smile and boundless heart made every room shine and every life she touched better for it. Daniela was a true testament to living life fully and embracing the 3 C's she loved most: chocolate, Christmas, and candles. Her spirit was the life of the party, and her legacy will live on through the countless lives she has touched.
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Annetta M. Abalsamo - January 01, 2024 - January 27, 2024

Departed: 01/27/2024 (North Bergen)
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including their name, age, date of birth and death, and a brief biography. It may also include information about their family, accomplishments, and funeral or memorial service arrangements.

Why are obituaries important?

Obituaries serve as a way to notify friends, family, and community members of a person's passing, allowing them to pay their respects and offer condolences. They also provide a sense of closure and help to celebrate the life of the deceased.

Who typically writes an obituary?

The task of writing an obituary usually falls to a family member or close friend of the deceased. Funeral homes or crematories may also offer assistance with writing and publishing obituaries.

What information should be included in an obituary?

A typical obituary includes the person's name, age, date of birth and death, and a brief biography. It may also mention their occupation, hobbies, achievements, and surviving family members.

How long should an obituary be?

The length of an obituary can vary, but it's generally recommended to keep it concise and focused on the most important details. Aim for around 100-200 words.

Can I include photos in an obituary?

Yes, many online obituary platforms and newspapers allow you to upload photos to accompany the obituary. This can be a nice way to personalize the tribute and make it more engaging.

How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper?

Contact the newspaper's obituary department directly to inquire about their submission process and any specific requirements they may have. Be prepared to provide the necessary information and payment for publication.

Can I publish an obituary online?

Yes, there are many online platforms that allow you to publish an obituary, such as,, or Facebook Memorials. These platforms often offer additional features like guest books and photo galleries.

Is it necessary to publish an obituary in a newspaper?

No, while traditional newspaper obituaries are still common, many people opt for online-only publications or social media announcements. The choice ultimately depends on personal preference and the desired reach.

How much does it cost to publish an obituary?

The cost of publishing an obituary varies depending on the newspaper or online platform. Expect to pay anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars, depending on the length and features of the obituary.

Can I edit or update an obituary after it's been published?

This may be possible, but it depends on the publication or platform's policies. Some may allow corrections or updates, while others may not.

How long will an online obituary remain available?

This varies by platform, but many online obituaries remain available indefinitely. Some may archive older entries after a certain period.

Can I write my own obituary in advance?

Yes, some people choose to write their own obituaries in advance as a way to ensure their story is told accurately and with their own voice.

Is it appropriate to include humorous or lighthearted elements in an obituary?

Absolutely! An obituary should reflect the personality and spirit of the deceased. Humor and anecdotes can help make the tribute more engaging and memorable.

How do I handle sensitive or private information in an obituary?

Be respectful and discreet when sharing information about the deceased's personal life. Avoid including sensitive details that might cause discomfort for surviving family members or friends.

Can I include charitable donations or memorial funds in an obituary?

Yes, many people choose to include information about charitable donations or memorial funds in lieu of flowers. This can be a meaningful way to honor the deceased's legacy.

What if I need help writing an obituary?

If you're struggling to write an obituary, consider enlisting the help of a friend, family member, or professional writer. You can also find templates and examples online for guidance.

How soon after a death should an obituary be published?

The timing varies depending on cultural traditions and personal preferences. Typically, an obituary is published within a few days of the death, but it can be published at any time.

Can I republish an old obituary for a special occasion?

Yes, you can republish an old obituary on special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries of the deceased's passing. This can be a meaningful way to continue honoring their memory.

Are there any specific guidelines for writing an obituary for a veteran?

Yes, when writing an obituary for a veteran, be sure to include their military service information and any relevant honors or awards they received. You may also want to mention any patriotic organizations they were part of.

Can I include quotes or poems in an obituary?

Absolutely! Quotes, poems, or lyrics that resonate with the deceased's personality or spirit can add depth and meaning to the tribute.

How do I ensure accuracy when writing an obituary?

What if I need to correct errors in a published obituary?

Contact the publication or platform where the obituary was published as soon as possible to report any errors. They will guide you through their correction process.

Can I use social media to share an obituary?

Yes! Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter can be effective ways to share news of a loved one's passing with a wider audience.

Are there any specific considerations for writing an obituary for a child or young person?

Yes, when writing an obituary for a child or young person, be sensitive to their age and circumstances. Focus on celebrating their life and accomplishments rather than dwelling on their passing.

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About Jeffery Isleworth

Jeffery Isleworth is an experienced eulogy and funeral speech writer who has dedicated his career to helping people honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. With a background in writing and public speaking, Jeffery has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting heartfelt and authentic tributes that capture the essence of a person's life. Jeffery's passion for writing eulogies and funeral speeches stems from his belief that everyone deserves to be remembered with dignity and respect. He understands that this can be a challenging time for families and friends, and he strives to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Over the years, Jeffery has helped countless families create beautiful and memorable eulogies and funeral speeches. His clients appreciate his warm and empathetic approach, as well as his ability to capture the essence of their loved one's personality and life story. When he's not writing eulogies and funeral speeches, Jeffery enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He believes that life is precious and should be celebrated, and he feels honored to help families do just that through his writing.