Obituaries for 2 March 2016

Phyllis M. Hodkinson

Phyllis M. Hodkinson (nee Oliver), of Kearny, passed away Feb. 20. She was 86.  Private cremation arrangements are by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home ( ). Her ashes will be buried with her beloved son James.

Phyllis was very involved in the Junior Woman’s Club and Hospital Auxiliary and she was co-owner of Top of The Towne and later worked for Cathy’s Place, all in Kearny. She also worked as a perfume representative for some of the major department stories.

Predeceased by her son James (Jamie) E. Hodkinson, she is survived by her son Ralph M. Hodkinson of Bayonne and her daughter Darryl J. McDermott of Manasquan. Sister of Kathryn O. Frey of Manasquan, she is also survived by her grandchildren Alyson J. McDermott of Connecticut, Christian J. Hodkinson of West Orange and James W. Hodkinson of Bayonne and her nephews Christopher and Matthew Frey.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in her name to the Bergen County Animal Shelter in Moonachie.

Alice A. Olcott

Alice A. Olcott, 77, of 226 Farrier Ave., Towers II, Oneida, N.Y. died Friday, Jan. 22, at the Extended Care Facility in Oneida, N.Y. She was born on Oct. 28, 1938, in Jersey City, a daughter of Walter and Dorothy Sexton Crossman.  She was the widow of Gordon Olcott who died several years ago.

Surviving are one sister, Diane Worth of Oneida, five nephews and two nieces; a very dear longtime friend David Pettigrew in New Jersey, and a very close friend James Jewett, who was kind to her and always helped her out. She was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Crossman.

At the request of the family, there will be no funeral service or calling hours.  The Fiore Funeral Home, 303 Main St. Oneida, N.Y.  is in charge of the arrangements. Fiore Funeral Hone 303 Main Street. Oneida, N.Y. 13421 315-363-6100.

Danielle D. Quiam

Danielle D. Quiam passed away Feb. 23 after a brief illness. She was only 32. Born in Newark, she lived most of her life in Kearny before moving to Scotch Plains in 2012. Visiting was Feb. 26 and 27 from the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 27, at the funeral home and private cremation followed. To leave online condolence, please visit

Danielle was a finance director for Loreal in Berkeley Heights. She also loved to bake and owned MMM Cake of N.J. She loved running track while at Kearny High School.

She is survived by her husband Derek, her parents Denise Oliver and Anthony Bolden and her grandmothers Dorothy Roberts and Shelia Bolden. Also surviving her are her brothers Darius and Derek and her favorite pal Ruxin.

Danielle was recently diagnosed with adrenal cancer. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to

John Joseph Garrison

John Joseph Garrison, of East Newark, entered into eternal rest suddenly, on Friday, Feb. 26. He was 51.

A funeral service will be held at the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Tuesday, March 1, at 11 a.m.  A committal service will follow at Rosedale Cemetery, Orange.  Friends may call on Tuesday after 10am.   For directions or to send condolences to his family, please visit

Born in Newark, John lived most of his life between Harrison and Kearny.  He worked as a truck driver for Pechter’s Bakery, Harrison, and a cab driver for Harrison Cab for more than 20 years.  In his free time, John enjoyed singing and music as well as classic television shows such as “The Odd Couple” and “The Honeymooners.”

He is survived by his loving children, Joseph M. Garrison (Katherine), Kaitlyn and Sarah; cherished grandson Joseph Jr.; beloved companion, Christine Balek; dear father, John Joseph Garrison; and caring brothers and sisters, Gary (Donna), Kelley, Kevin (Michelle) Patrick, Robert (Erika) and Angel. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.    He was predeceased by his mother, Consuelo (nee Brynes), in 1994.

Margaret Hacker

Margaret Hacker (nee Drew) passed away on Saturday, Feb. 27.

The funeral will be from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Wednesday, March 2, at 8:30 a.m.  A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny, at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.  Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. Condolences and memories may be shared at

Margaret was born in Harrison and had lived in Kearny for 63 years.

After graduating from All Souls Hospital School of Nursing in Morristown as an R.N., she began working at the former West Hudson Hospital in Kearny. She would remain at West Hudson for 35 years. For 20 of those years she served as an O.R. nurse.

Mrs. Hacker was a member the Alter Rosary Society at St. Stephen’s Church.

She is survived by her children, Alfred D. Hacker, Margaret K. Kelly, Katherine L. Pedersen and Irene Schmidt; 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband Alfred Hacker and her granddaughter Jacqueline Pedersen.

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