Lori A. McGuire
Lori A. McGuire, 56, died at home on Dec. 28. She was life-long resident of Kearny. Before retiring, Lori was a crossing guard for the Town of Kearny.
She is survived by her companion George Pongratz; her children Nicole Neubig (James), and Kayce McGuire; her sisters Ruth Forfar (Alexander), and Joan Magenheimer; also surviving are her nieces and nephews Jenn, Shannon, Jill, Joey, and Michael Lane, Jacky and B.J Josko.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny. A funeral Mass was at St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny, followed by a private cremation. Due to her loving care for children, in her honor, please make donations to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Condolences may be left for the family on

Mark G. Wendaur
Mark G. Wendaur died suddenly on  Dec. 22 in the Meadowlands Medical Center. He was 62. Born in Jersey City, he lived most of his life in Kearny.
Arrangements were by the Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny.  A funeral Mass was in Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington. Internment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Mark was a field service engineer for Lexmark International out of New York City. He was a Boy Scout leader and loved geocaching, hiking and camping.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ann (Yuknalis) and his children Dan and Emily Wendaur. He was predeceased by his brothers Timothy and Kenneth.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to the American Heart Association. To leave online condolence, visit

Una McKeon
Una  (nee Flanagan) McKeon was born in County Roscommon, Ireland. She was one of nine children.
Arrangements were by Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral Mass was held in St. Cecilia’s Church.
At the age of 18, Una went to London during World War II and worked in the aircraft factories. She often spoke of how hard life was at that time. She returned to Ireland to marry Thomas P. McKeon and immigrated to Kearny  in 1952. They lived in Harrison for over 20 years and were active in numerous Irish clubs and Holy Cross Church. Una resided in Kearny for over 40 years, she was an active member of the St. Cecelia’s Parish as a daily communicant until she could not walk on her own. She was a member of Saints Rosary Society, St. Cecilia’s Seniors, St. Stephen’s Senior Clubs and Henrietta Benstead Senior Club. She was the deputy grand marshal of Kearny’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in 2001.
She enjoyed many cruises with her family and traveled extensively after retirement. Una also enjoyed many trips to Atlantic City with her good friend Loretta Elliot.
Una loved her family both in the U.S and Ireland. Her home was always a haven for oversea relatives from Ireland, England, Scotland, and Australia. Her small apartment was a stopping place for many young Irish college students during the summer who needed a place to stay. Una never turned anyone away and enjoyed helping her extended family.
Wife of the late Thomas P. McKeon, she is survived by her children Mary Teresa Elliott (Tom Grodkiewicz), Thomas Declan McKeon (Eileen) and Sean McKeon (Francisco Pacheco). Her sister and brother Baby Cooney and Bernie Flanagan and her grandchildren James, Brian (Tara), Kelly (Colin), Brendon and Trevor.
She was one of a kind and she will be missed. In lieu of flowers kindly make a donation to St. Cecilia’s Food Pantry. To leave online condolence visit

Beatrice Shurr
Beatrice (Hinkley) Shurr, 76, died on Dec. 22 at her daughter’s home in North Arlington.
Arrangements were by Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral liturgy was offered at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories can be shared at
Bea was born in Jersey City and was a lifelong resident of Kearny.
She was employed as a service analyst in the Public Relations Department for Bell Atlantic in Newark for 27 years, retiring in 1998.
Mrs. Shurr was a member of Local 827 IBEW and the H.G. McCully Upstate Chapter 12 Telephone Pioneers as well as the treasure of the New Barbados Neck Chapter, NSDAR
She is survived by her children Mary K. Davitt (Craig), Barbara A. Santos (Carlos) and Vincent T. Shurr (Susan); brother Robert Hinkley (Betty) and her beloved grandchildren Tara and C.J. Davitt and Joncarlo, Olivia and Anthony Santos.
Bea was predeceased by her husband Vincent J., her son John V., and her sisters Mary Andrews and Kathryn Brodie.

Mildred L. Paszkiewicz
Mildred L. Paszkiewicz (Jackowiak), 76, died on Sunday, Dec. 25, in the Lakeview Subacute Care Center, Wayne.
Arrangements were by the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A service was held at the funeral home, followed by interment at Arlington Cemetery, Kearny.
Mrs. Paszkiewicz was born in Gilberton, Pa. She has lived in Kearny for the last 50 years.
She was employed as a bookbinder for Horowitz/Rae Book Manufacturers in Fairfield. Prior, she worked in the same capacity at Economy Book in Kearny. She retired 10 years ago.
Mildred was a longtime member of Oakwood Baptist Church in Kearny.
She is survived by her children David (Ronize), Stanley, Jr. (Christine) and Shelia Dujinski (Ronald); her brother Thomas Jackowiak; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and her son-in-law Richard Schnepf.
She was predeceased by her husband Stanley and her daughter Debra Schnepf
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Creation Museum c/o Answers in Genesis, P.O. Box 510, Hebron, KY 41048 or to the Alpha & Omega Club at Kearny High School 336 Devon St., Kearny, N.J. 07032.

Paul Valdes
Paul Valdes, 79, died on Dec. 16, in the Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, Secaucus.
Private funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home.
Paul was born in New York City. He has lived in Kearny for the last 40 years.
He was employed as maintenance worker for Goldberg Realty in West Caldwell for many years. He retired 14 years ago.
He served in the Marines during World War II.
He is survived by his wife Virgen (Toro) and his children Paul, Marilee and Paul.

Ryan “Ryno” Wurum
Ryan “Ryno” Wurum, 23, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24.
Arrangements were by the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave, Harrison. A funeral service was held at the funeral home, followed by a private cremation. For directions, information or to send condolences, please visit
Ryan is survived by his devoted mother Cindy (nee Crozier) and her husband Kevin McFadden, his beloved brother Michael and Kelly, and his girlfriend Suzy. He is also survived by Nick Mejia and many extended families and dear friends. In lieu of flowers, please make donation to Embrace Kids Foundation and send to the funeral home in memory of Ryan.

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