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Frances Case

Frances Case entered into eternal rest on Monday, Aug. 4.

Born in Kearny, Frances was a lifelong resident of East Newark.

She is survived by her children, Louis Carratura and Nicole Antunes, and sisters Teresa Marion, Patricia A. Tighe (Charles) and Joan Corblies (Thomas. Sr.). Frances is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church, on Friday, Aug. 9. Her interment took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

For information, please visit www.mulliganfuneralhome.org.

Vera M. Romagnola 

Vera M. Romagnola (nee Cudnik), 97, died in Kearny on Aug. 7.

Born in Kearny, she lived in Jersey City and Kearny before moving to North Arlington 21 years ago. She retired from Mueller’s Macaroni in 1982. She was an active member of the Henrietta Benstead Senior Center.

Vera loved baking and crocheting. She enjoyed providing her friends and family with delicious baked goods including her famous “tossies.”

She was the beloved mother of Judith Ruddy (the late James), Michael Romagnola, Deborah Romagnola and grandmother of David Ruddy, Michele Rollins, Michael Ruddy, and Courtney Meyers. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Michael in 1971 and brothers Anthony, Chester, and Michael Cudnik, and sisters, Stella Faccone, Estelle Keller, Carrie Baranski, and Helen Savoy.

The funeral was from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington on Monday, Aug, 11, with a funeral Mass at Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. The interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Dorothy M. Sommer 

Dorothy M. Sommer (nee Munro), 96, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, at Chelsea in West Milford.

Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A memorial service was held from the funeral home on Aug. 9. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.thiele-reid.com.

Mrs. Sommer was born on March 27, 1918, in New York City. She grew up in Greenwich Village and remembered standing in the Salvation Army’s food lines on W. 14th St. On some Fridays, she would skip school and attend the Ladies Day N.Y. Giants games at the Polo Grounds for 10 cents.

Dorothy met her husband-to- be William W. Sommer at the Salvation Army’s Star Lake Camp in Butler while they were both counselors working with children from New York City. They were married for 69 years from 1938 until his death in 2007. She lived in Kearny, Little Falls, Monmouth Beach and Beachwood before moving to Chelsea in West Milford.

For many years, she and her husband worked together at the Sommer Badge Company in Newark. Mrs. Sommer was a Salvationist and through the years attended their services in New York, Newark, Kearny, Asbury Park and Toms River. Throughout her life she enjoyed volunteering and helping people.

She is survived by her children William Sommer (Kathy) of Theresa, N.Y.; Nancy Linko (Pete) of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Don Sommer (Jane) of Oak Ridge and eight loving grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in memory of Dorothy Sommer to the Congenital Heart Defect Coalition at CHD Coalition, 45 Carry Ave., Suite 106, Butler, N.J. 07405 or at www.chdcoalition.org.

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