John Lindsay McClelland
John Lindsay McClelland, 87, died peacefully at home on Nov. 29 surrounded by his loving family.
John was a proud Scotsman who was very proud to have adopted America as his home. He lived many years in Kearny before moving to Lakewood seven years ago.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A service was held in the First Presbyterian Church, Kearny, followed by private cremation.
John was a repairman and installer for N.Y. Telephone. He was a member of The Pioneers
of America. A devoted church-goer, he was also past master of Copestone Ophir Masonic Lodge
and was past president of The Scots American Club, both in Kearny.
He was the devoted husband of 64 years to Catherine (nee Cowan), loving father of Arthur
McClelland, Mary Buist and Jean Bartholomew; and brother of Hugh McClelland and the late
Grace Stevenson. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Ian McClelland, Billy and
Amy Buist and Richard, Lindsay and Kate Bartholomew and his great-granddaughter Madelyn.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to Summit Speech School c/o the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.armitagewiggins.com.
John J. Reilly
John J. Reilly, 73, died on Nov. 30 at his home in Lyndhurst.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he came to the United States in 1964 and lived in North Arlington for 23 years before moving to Lyndhurst in 1990.
He worked as a pipefitter for Hoffman LaRoche in Nutley for 13 years before retiring in 2000.
He was the beloved husband of Patricia (nee McAveety), the cherished father of Annmarie Reilly of Rutherford and Pauline Rakowski and her husband David of Lyndhurst, the loving Poppy of Ava, the dear brother of May Gordon, Martha Pazikas, Margaret Linn, Patricia Watters, Josephine McBride, Anne Henderson and the late Bernard Reilly and the loving uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Reilly was a member a past exalted ruler of the B.P.O. of Elk Lodge 1992 and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Queen of Peace Council 3428, all of North Arlington.
The funeral was from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington on Saturday, Dec. 3, with a funeral Mass in Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. The cremation was private.
Donations in his memory may be made to the St. Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 95 Old Short Hills Road, 1st Floor, West Orange, N.J. 07052 or Alzheimer’s Association, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, N.J. 07834.
Charles J. “Hookie” Rossmell
Charles J. “Hookie” Rossmell, 86, of Vero Beach, Fla., died Nov. 27 at his residence.
He was born Feb. 20, 1925 in Harrison, and had been a resident of Vero Beach for 29 years coming from his birthplace.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II serving with the 54th Air Service Squadron in China and India.
Mr. Rossmell worked as a crane operator for Otis Elevator for 32 years in the manufacturing
He attended St. Helen Catholic Church, Vero Beach and was an avid Florida Lottery supporter.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Irene of Vero Beach, Fla.; son, Joseph Rossmell of Vero Beach; daughter, Annemarie Rossmell of Vero Beach; two sisters, Josephine Gardner of Toms River, and Stella Zaluski of Lake Hiawatha; two grandchildren, one great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by a brother,
Henry Rossmell, and two sisters, Anna Sweet and Jean Rossmell; and many family friends and great neighbors over the years.
The family received friends on Saturday, Dec. 3, with a funeral service at Noon at the Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home, Vero Beach, Fla. Donations may be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, 1317 King St., Alexandria, Va. 22314- 2928.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.lowtherfuneralhome.com.
Frances Travisano died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Dec. 1. She was 73.
Born in Jersey City, she lived in Kearny before moving to Glen Ridge 42 years ago.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass will be held in St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.
Fran is survived by her devoted husband Ronald, along with her children and their spouses Vincent Travisano (Annamarie), Philip Travisano (Andrea), Ronnie Travisano (Diane) and Laura Hurley (Michael); sister of Joanne Diglio and the late Nicholas Bongiovanni; also surviving are her grandchildren Paul, Chiara, Jessica, Nicholas, Patrick and Brooks.
Fran embraced life by working for others through her many volunteer positions. She was on the Board of Directors of Good Grief, was a founding member and past president of the Mastery foundation, she was a member of the Junior League of Newark and Montclair, the Mercier Club, Friends of The Glen Ridge Library, the Glen Ridge Woman’s Club, Country Club and Historical Society and the Montclair Garden Club.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to Good Grief, 38 Elm Street Morristown, N.J. 07960 www.GOODGRIEF.ORG. To leave online condolences, go to www.armitagewiggins.com.
Linda Whalen, 69, on Thursday, Dec. 1, a lifelong resident of Kearny.
Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. Interment was in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny, with a service held by the American Legion Auxiliary.
For information, or to send condolences please visit www. mulliganfuneralhome.org.
Linda is survived by her daughter Dianne Amos and her husband Scott, her nephew Brian Hartman, and a host of cousins. She is also survived by her companion Edwin G. Marshman. She was predeceased by her sister Carol Hartman and her “feline babies” Samantha and Puss.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Linda c/o the funeral home to the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 282, Harrison, or the Humane Society.