1956 – 2011
Joan (Joni) Jurczak (nee Sedorowicz), 55, of Pompano Beach, Fla., formerly of Kearny, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Broward General Medical Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Joni attended Kearny schools. A graduate of Berkeley Secretarial School, she worked as a legal secretary while residing in New Jersey. She lived in Binghamton, N.Y., and in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., prior to relocating to Florida 24 years ago. She was employed as an executive assistant for 14 years with LaSalle National Bank Brokerage Division in Boca Raton, Fla.
Joni was active in water sports. She was a member of the Cabana Bay Condominium Association and served as vice president.
Joni was dearly loved. Predeceased by her father, Walter Sedorowicz, she is survived by her mother, Dorothy Sedorowicz, many loving family relatives and life-long friends.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate her life at a Mass on Nov. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny. Donations may be made in Joni’s memory to a Humane Society of your choice.
Mary Sarafina (Rinaldi) Peters
Mary Sarafina (Rinaldi) Peters, 89, of Brick, died on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Meridian Hospice of Ocean Medical Center in Brick.
She was born, raised and lived most of her life in Kearny and lived in Vincentown, before moving to Brick three years ago.
Mrs. Peters was a homemaker. She was a member of the Marconi Club of Kearny and loved to cook, sew and spend time with her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 58 years, Joseph Charles Peters Sr. in 2004 and by her sons, Charles in 1953 and Kenneth in 1988. She is survived by her son, Joseph Charles Peters Jr. and his partner, Margaret of Brick; a brother, William Rinaldi of North Arlington; a sister, Virginia Pastorino of Nutley; two grandchildren, Susan Peters and Carolyn Lindstrom and her husband, Patrick; four great-grandchildren, Olivia, Collette, Corinne and Christian; and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by Colonial Funeral Home, Brick. A funeral Mass was held at St. Dominic’s Church in Brick, followed by entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in her honor to Meridian Hospice – 1345 Campus Parkway, Suite A-2, and Neptune, N.J. 07753.
Joan Marie Zarnowski
Joan Marie Zarnowski, 72, of St. Augustine, Fla., passed away on Oct. 19 at the Bailey Family Center for Caring.
Born in Jersey City, she grew up in Harrison and had been a longtime resident of Tyler Hill, Pa., before moving to St. Augustine in 1976. She worked as a secretary for the St. Johns County School System for nearly 30 years, mostly at the Yates Exceptional Student Center and at Webster Elementary School. She was an avid NASCAR fan, who especially followed Jeff Gordon’s career, and enjoyed watching NFL Football on television.
Joan was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, affectionately known as “GG” to her grandkids. She was most happy when she had a house full of family and friends on holidays, or any day for that matter. Her cooking never failed to draw a crowd because of the love that she poured into it.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony “Woody” Zarnowski; a son, Richard John Bellini; and a brother, Daniel Christy. She is survived by her daughters, Toni Marie Bellini and partner, Dawn Hale, Beth Ann Sullivan and husband Phillip, a son, John Michael Bellini and wife Melinda, all of St. Augustine; a sister, Barbara Jackson and husband Russ of Lyndhurst; sister-in-law, Dolores Christy of New Jersey; grandchildren: Candace, Anthony, Ashleigh and Devin; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Madison and Kylie and her bff Eleanor Nerbonne.
Funeral services and interment were held in St. Augustine. Donations in her memory may be made to: Bailey Family Center for Caring, c/o Community Hospice of N.E. FL., 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. 32257.
St. Johns Family Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mildred “Sis” Carmen
Mildred “Sis” Carmen, 87, died on Oct. 28 at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. Lifelong resident of Clifton, she moved to Kearny four years ago. Before retiring she worked for Imperial Laundry for 63 years in Ramsey. She also worked at Deluxe Cleaners in Clifton.
She is survived by her sister Pat Rauche, and her niece Melissa Lasiw-Shah.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A service was held at the funeral home, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Condolences may be left for the family at www.armitagewiggins.com.