Joan Elizabeth Fearns

Joan E. (nee Lake) Fearns, 71, beloved mother, sister and grandmother, of Harrison, passed away on Friday, Dec. 27, at Arbor Glen Center in Cedar Grove.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Avenue, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Harrison.

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Mrs. Fearns was born in her home on Kingsland Ave. in Harrison. She graduated from Holy Cross Commercial in 1959, worked for the Newark Evening News, became a stay at home mom and worked for IT&T in the 1980’s as a solder worker. Her family described her as the most treasured mother in this universe. “She has battled most of her life with her health and showed us no weakness. Her courage and strength was remarkable. Our mother is the most beautiful woman we ever saw…all we are we owe to her. We will love and miss her until the end of our time,” the family said.

She is predeceased by her brothers, William, Fred, Phil, George and Henry, her sisters, Evelyn, Clair, Marilyn and Audrey.

She is survived by her loving sister, Shirley Durand, her beloved daughters, Margaret Fearns and Michael Suttle of Las Vegas, Nev., Joan Asbaty and her husband Thomas of Randolph, Michele Lopez and her husband Paul of Lititz, Pa., and her loving son, Michael and his wife Kathy of Little Falls. She was cherished grandmother to Thomas, Rebecca, Eric and Katherine and grand-dogs Murphy and Buddy. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, her very dear friend Maureen Macarthur and her friends in the Harrison Gardens.

The family asks in lieu of flowers, a donation in Joan’s memory may be made to the Harrison Cancer League, P.O. Box 741, Harrison, N.J. 07029.

Elizabeth A. Lydecker

Elizabeth A. (Spring) Lydecker, 75, passed away on Dec. 25 at the St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Entombment followed in Garden of Memories, Paramus.

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Ms. Lydecker was born in Worcester, Mass., and lived in Kearny for the last 20 years. She was a baker at Alexander’s/ Ridge Bakery in North Arlington for many years. The bakery was owned by her son John.

Elizabeth is survived by her children Kathleen Lydecker and her companion Frank, Luanne Cook and her husband Frank, Gene Lydecker and his wife Victoria and John Sparling and his wife Susan; her sisters Sally Topoleski and Linda Dammeyer. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Lillian M. Ober

Lillian M. Ober (nee Arnone) died Dec. 27. She was 68.

Born in Jersey City, she lived in Kearny and Nutley before moving to Stewartsville four years ago.

Arrangements are by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Church, East Newark. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, please visit

Lillian was an accounts payable clerk at Hartz Mountain and she had been a CCD teacher at St. Anthony’s.

Husband of John L. Ober, she is survived by her daughters and their husbands Joann and Gabe Salas and Patricia and Teddy Burbella. Sister of Michael Arnone, Joanne Mullins, Lucy Bruno, Marie Mongon, Christine Arnone and Salvatore Arnone, she is also survived by her grandchildren Michael and Alex.

Patrick O’Donnell

Patrick O’Donnell died on Dec. 25 at home. He was 81.

Born in Glasgow, he lived most of his life in Scotland and Kearny.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. Cremation was private. To leave an online condolence please visit

Mr. O’Donnell was a plasterer for Local 3 in Newark. He was a member of the Irish and Scots Clubs, both in Kearny. Husband of the late Agnes and the late Patricia, he is survived by his children Neil O’Donnell, Gina Wiltrout, Pat O’Donnell and Andrew O’Donnell. Brother of Christina, Richard and Andrew O’Donnell he is also survived by 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Julio Veliz

Julio Veliz, of Newark, died Dec. 22. He was 65.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral service was held at the funeral home. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Julio is survived by his wife Maria and his children Nestor, Rossana, Ambar, and Stephanie, seven siblings and six grandchildren.

The Observer Staff