Obituaries

Dorothy A. Bailey 

Mrs. Dorothy A. Bailey, of Kearny, died on Saturday, Nov. 22. She was 79.

Relatives and friends may call at the Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny (condonfuneralhome.com) on Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated by her nephew, the Rev. Stephen Carey, on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Dorothy Bailey was on among the first residents of the Kearny Senior Residence where she was active socially in all events.

Dorothy was a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother as well as a loving sister. Surviving are two brothers. She was predeceased by seven other siblings. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

Carl J. Battista 

Carl J. Battista, 86, passed away peacefully on Nov. 18.

Born in Kearny, to Angelo and Michelina Battista, he was a resident of Kearny for 75 years before moving to Canal Walk in Somerset 11 years ago.

He was a proud 1946 graduate of Kearny High School. Carl was employed for 46 years as a partnership owner with his brother, Joe, of A. Battista & Sons Inc., a wholesale banana dealership in the Newark Farmers Market before retiring in 1992.

After retiring, he was a learned attendant for the Board of Elections in Kearny and Somerset for 25 years. He loved visiting Monmouth Park Racetrack during the summer months with his son, Carl. At Canal Walk he was an avid bocce player and also enjoyed playing in the Texas Hold ’em tournaments. He cherished time spent with his family and friends.

Mr. Battista was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, Rocco and Joseph. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 56 years, Dorothy, of Somerset; his children, Dr. Carl J. Battista and his wife, Bettianne, of Hillsdale; Donna Niro, and her husband, Nicholas, of Hillsborough; and Doris Ann Battista of Washington Township; his three grandchildren, Carl John III, Michael Owen, and Marisa Elizabeth Niro; his 95-year-old brother, Lewis T. Battista of Kearny, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were by Hagan-Chamberlain Funeral Home, Bound Brook. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny, followed by entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital: www.stjude.org

Blandina Iglesias Hermida 

Blandina Iglesias Hermida (Blandina Fernandez) died Nov. 18. She was 83.

Born in Spain, she lived in Kearny for many years.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. The burial will take place in Spain.

Blandina is survived by her husband Andres Fernandez Sr. She was the mother of Manuel, Jose, Rosa and Andres (Jr.) Fernandez. Sister of Pepe Iglesias, she is also survived by her grandchildren Andres III, Kelsie, Nicholas, Joell, Jose Jr., Andrew, Allison and Alexis Fernandez and one great-grandchild, CJ.

Her loving family wanted to share a beautiful poem about her:

“God saw her getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put his arms around her and whispered, “Come to Me.”

“With tearful eyes we watched her slowly fade away. Although we loved her dearly, we could not make her stay.

“A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest.

“God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the best.

You will always be in our hearts.”

In lieu of flowers, please consider Vitas Hospice, 70 S. Orange Ave., Suite 210, Livingston, N.J. 07039 or call 973- 994-4738.

Eileen A. Waropay 

Eileen A. Waropay, 71, of Quakertown, Pa., formerly of Kearny, died Nov. 15 in St. Luke’s Hospice House, Bethlehem, Pa.

Born in Jersey City, she was the daughter of the late Newton and Frances “Edna” (Edwards) Hook. Eileen was known for her quick wit and great sense of humor. She enjoyed reading, loved music, and was a member of the Sunshine Singers. She was an active member of the Analomink Methodist Church in Analomink, Pa., before moving to Quakertown.

In addition to her soul mate Francis F. Caputo Sr., she is survived by two sons, Kevin (Theresa), of Shamong, and Drew (Sharon) of Abington, Pa.; four grandchildren, Meredith, Mikayla, Catherine and Clare; sister Phyllis Bruce (Bob) of Dover, Del.; and a sister-in-law, Marie Rhein of Kearny. She is predeceased by two brothers, Dr. Robert Hook and Detective Kenneth Rhein.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, at the Quakertown United Methodist Church, 1875 Freier Road, Quakertown, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Luke’s Hospice Development Office, 801 Ostrum St., Bethlehem, Pa. 18015.

The Observer Staff