Obituaries for 26 April 2017

Sophie Maguire

Sophie Maguire (nee Miasek), 86, died Sunday, April 16, at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

The funeral was from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Thursday, April 20. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mrs. Maguire was born and raised in Harrison and had lived in Kearny since 1956.

She is survived by her children, James Maguire and his wife Maria; Patricia Sudol and her husband John; Carol Martin and her husband Robert; and Robert Maguire and his wife Carolyn. She was the beloved grandmother of Kelly Gilson, Patrick Maguire, Shannon and Matthew Logan and Robert and Amanda Maguire.

Sophie was predeceased by her husband, James J. Maguire, and three siblings, Frank Miasek, Peter Miasek and Stephanie Zatorski.

Amelia ‘Marie’ Callaghan 

Amelia “Marie” Callaghan (nee Nigro), 90, died Monday, April 17, at home in Kearny, surrounded by her loving family.

The Rev. John Serra officiated at the funeral at the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, Kearny, on Friday, April 21. Interment was in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny.

Mrs. Callaghan was born in Kearny and was a lifelong resident.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Nisbet; her son, Patrick Callaghan and his wife Sharon; a sister, Elizabeth Knight; eight grandchildren, Melissa, Daniel, Nancy and Christa Nisbet and Thomas, Meghan and Brian Callaghan and Kelly Maielano; and nine great-grandchildren.

Marie was predeceased by her husband, Richard Callaghan.

John F. Poulos

John F. Poulos, 86, died Tuesday, April 11, at St. Michael’s University Medical Center, Newark.

The funeral was from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, Kearny, on Tuesday, April 18. A funeral Mass was celebrated at Ss. Nicholas, Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Roseland. Interment was in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mr. Poulos was born in Newark and was a lifelong resident of Kearny.

He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, serving in Pusan, Korea.

John earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from New York University.

He taught business education in the West Orange school district for 23 years from 1966 to 1984. John was chairman of the department at Mountain High School during that time for 18 years.

(Mountain High School later became West Orange High School.)

Prior to that, he taught business subjects at Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale for 10 years from 1956 to 1966.

Son of the late Frank and Molly (nee Economou) Poulos, John is survived by his cousins, George and Helen Zicopoulos; a godson, Dino Zicopoulos and his wife Kimberly; a niece, Vasiliki Zicopoulos, and many cousins.

Helen M. Palamara

Helen M. Palamara (nee Grega) died April 16.

She was 87.

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

Visiting was at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Burial and a service will take place on Tuesday, April 25, at 11:30 a.m. in Brigadier General Doyle V.A. cemetery in Wrightstown.

Helen was the wife of the late Joseph Palamara. She is survived by her children Kathleen Zujkowski and Frank Palamara (Karen); brothers John and Robert Grega; grandchildren Joseph W. Palamara, Carrie Palamara and Dana Johnson (Paul); and great-grandchildren Samuel and Nina.

Anna Callaghan

Anna Callaghan (nee Harvie), 80, died Tuesday, April 18, in Gates Manor, Montclair.

The funeral was from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, Kearny. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Anna was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and immigrated to Canada in 1956. In 1963, she came to the United States. She lived in Kearny for 30 years before moving to Nutley in 2001.

Mrs. Callaghan was a devout Catholic. She was a member of the Xavarian Guild and the St. Cecilia’s seniors, both of Kearny.

She was employed by Bell Telephone, later Verizon, for 25+ years and was a proud member of IBEW Local 827, East Windsor. During her time at Verizon, Anna was one of the first women to enter the world of working in a man’s field – she referred to it as a “traditional” job.

She traveled the world with her beloved sister Cathy (Robin) and her grandson Patrick Eamon.

Anna loved bus trips to Atlantic City and vacationing with her family in the Wildwoods.

She is survived by five children, Patrick (Rosemary), Mark, Edward (Julie), Sean (Tina) and Anne Marie Frame; and a sister, Cathy Lyons (Robin) She was the grandmother of Patrick Eamon, whom she raised; Patrick Stephen, Ashlee, Jennifer, Faith, Edward, Maggie and Patrick.

Anna was the great-grandmother of Monica.

She is also survived by her sister Cathy Lyons (Robin) and a niece and two nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Edward Callaghan; one sister, May Smith; and one brother, Edward Harvie.

Margaret ‘Sis’ Roarty

Margaret “Sis” Roarty died April 20.

She was 82.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Visiting was at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny.

Born in Jersey City, Sis lived in North Arlington and Hasbrouck Heights before moving to Montville in 2016.

Sis was the beloved wife of the late Robert Roarty and loving sister of the late Mary Arrigo, John McDonnell and Robert McDonnell. She was also predeceased by her dear niece Mimi Arrigo.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews and their families.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Pathways to Independence, 60 Kingsland Ave., Kearny, N.J. 07032.

The Observer Staff