Michael ‘Mike’ Boyd

Michael “Mike” Boyd, 76, of Pocono Lake, Pa., formerly of Harrison, died on Jan. 19.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A Mass of Christian burial was officiated at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Born in Jersey City, Mr. Boyd lived in Harrison before moving to Pocono Lake, Pa., 16 years ago.

He was a stockman for Ahart’s Supermarket, Blakeslee, Pa., for 16 years.

He was the beloved son of the late William and Anne Conway Boyd, and dear brother of Wilhelmina (Ronald) Gray, Margaret (Frank) Messino, Janet (late Paul) MacDonald, Jacqueline (Tony) Scocco, Dewar “Butch” Boyd and the late Elizabeth (Jack) Haines, William Boyd, Jean (Richard) Gray and Kathleen (Tom) McGuire.

Florence A. Cicarelli 

Florence A. Cicarelli (nee Preuss), 74, died Jan. 24 at St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark.

Born in Jersey City, she lived in North Arlington and Florida before moving back to North Arlington in 2013.

She was the owner along with her husband of Chick’s Auto Body in Kearny for many years before retiring in 1996. She is the beloved wife of John P., the cherished daughter of the late Florence (nee O’Brien) and Michael Cascino, the adored sister of Laura J. and Patricia M. Cascino, and Rudy Preuss. She is also survived by her two stepdaughters, and her many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, family members and friends.

The funeral will be from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington, on Friday, Jan. 30, at 9 a.m., thence to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, for the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. A private cremation will follow. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday, Jan. 29, 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, N.Y. 10163.

William Glagola Jr. 



William Glagola Jr. entered into eternal rest peacefully at home on Jan. 18. He was 76.

Private funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave. For information or to send condolences to the family, please visit

Born and raised in Newark, William moved to Harrison in 1970. He was a firefighter with the Newark Fire Department for 41 years, retiring in 2003.

He was a member of the N.J. State Firemen’s Benevolent Association and Retired Police and Firemen’s Association. He was also a member of the Teamster’s Union.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

William is survived by his loving daughter Eileen Winkleblech and her husband Vincent, his cherished grandsons Zachary, Cameron and Erik, and his dear sister Veronica LaBrutto. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his wife Sharon (Reed) Glagola (1998) and his son William Glagola III (1994).

Rosena McNamara 

Rosena McNamara, of Kearny, died at home on Jan. 8. She was 78.

Arrangements were by the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held at St. Cecilia’s Church, Kearny, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. (

Rosena was a dental assistant for Dr. Sykes in Kearny for many years.

She is survived by her husband John J. McNamara and her children with their spouses John and Jean Mc- Namara, Cindy and Jim Finan and Nancy and Joe Policano. She is also survived by her sister Maureen and grandchildren Katie, Breanne, James, Anthony and Carly, her cousin Ann Finan, along with many nieces and nephews.

Grace Ann O’Connor 


Grace Ann O’Connor passed away on Jan. 11. She was 74.

The family held a private ceremony. Grace was preceded in death by her parents Peter O’Connor Sr. and Edna Arnheiter O’Connor. Grace is survived by her brother, Peter and wife Ann Marie, daughter Nathasja Skorupa and Nathasja’s father John Skorupa and cousins Jimmy Moffat and Joyce Jurczak.

Grace was known for her intelligence, compassion, beauty and unmatched story-telling.

Grace lived in Amsterdam, and for the past 20 years, adventured the Pacific Northwest with Nathasja.

Grace attended Holy Cross, Sacred Heart, Harrison High School and Seton Hall.

Grace had a boating license, was scuba-diving certified and, other than her family, her greatest love was the beach.

The Observer Staff