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Iris E. Boris

Iris E. (Neubert) Boris, 83, formerly of Kearny, died Wednesday, June 20, in Milton, Ga. Iris was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Paul Boris; father, Joseph Michael Neubert; mother, Iris Ida Miller; and half-sister, Joan MacLean. She is survived by her son Paul L. Boris, Milton, Ga.; three daughters, Sharon Boris, Tucson, Ariz.; Diane Yager, Kearny and Jill Eckert, Cumming, Ga.; 11 grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren.

Iris was laid to rest beside her husband following a graveside service held at the Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, Ga. Arrangements were by the Northside Chapel Funeral Directors and Crematory, Roswell, Ga.

Edward D. Clifford

Edward D. Clifford, 81, of Toms River, formerly of Kearny, died on June 17 at his home.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. To leave online condolences, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com.

Mr. Clifford was a toll collector with the N.J. Turnpike Association for 10 years retiring in 1995. Prior to that, he was a metalurgist with RCA, Harrison, for over 20 years. He also served in The United States Navy Reserves after The Korean Conflict.

He is the beloved husband of the late Florence Potulski Clifford; father of Kathleen (Michael) Singerline, Joseph (Dorothy), David (Deborah), and Mark (Susan) Clifford; brother of Ruth Cucchira, Jeanette Kearns and the late John (Buddy) Clifford; grandfather of Laura, Sarah, Tabitha, Nick, Amanda, Heather and Mark.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

 

 John Graniello

“If you met him once, you fell in love with him,” according to Robert Pezzolla, a close family friend.

John Graniello, 16, of Fort Lee passed away on June 8, leaving behind his mother Lazara Capote, father Michael Graniello, and siblings Vincent and Chloe. Services were held at Hunt Stellato Funeral Home in Fort Lee.

John was a junior at Fort Lee High School, where he was a member of the morning television newscast. John completed his SAT the weekend before his passing and was excited for the opportunity to start his college career.

John was loved and respected by everyone who knew him. One teacher noted that “there are certain students who remain in a teacher’s heart and John was one of them.”

Even with a job at Fairway Market and a heavy school workload, John was able to keep up his upbeat and positive demeanor. His caring personality drew many to say that he was “the nicest kid I’ve ever met.”

During the funeral ceremony on June 13, the priest read John’s autobiography, completed just days before his death. In the autobiography, John devoted a large part of his work to his mother, Lazara, who John considered his idol, mentor, and friend.

Ferdinand F. Stecher

Ferdinand F. Stecher “Freddy” died on June 17 at Clara Maass Hospital. He was 72. Born in Newark, he moved to Belleville 40 years ago.

Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. To leave online condolence, please visit www.armitagewiggins.com

Freddy was a fueler at Newark airport for over 30 years and was in the Marine Corps from 1958-1964. He is a life member of the Marine Corps League in Kearny and was a Devil Dog.

Surviving are his wife Phyllis (nee Siccone), his children Robert Stecher, Tracy Cordero, Danielle Davis, Claire Louise Morinho, Ronny Stecher and Dawn Giuliano; his sister Loretta Gallagher, 15 grand www.theobserver.com and 12 great-grandchildren.

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