Obituaries for June 20, 2016


Santino Anthony Zaccardo

Santino Anthony Zaccardo, of Belleville, died July 8.

He was 21.

Visiting was July 16 at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Cremation was private.

Santino Anthony is survived by his parents Fred and Marci Sacco, his sisters Victoriana and Riana Sacco and his grandparents Theresa and Arthur Zaccardo and Fred and Rosemarie Sacco.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider assisting the family with expenses directly or through their GoFundMe site.

Therese M. Byrne

Therese M. Byrne (nee Riley), of Harrison, born on Sept. 2, 1934, died July 13, surrounded by her loving family.

She was 81.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A private cremation will be held at the convenience of the family. To send condolences to her family, visit

Therese lived in Kearny prior to moving to Harrison, where she lived most of her life. She was a bindery worker for Harvard Press, Orange, for more than 20 years.

She is survived by her daughter Therese Murray and son-in-law Daniel, Christine Byrne and Charles Byrne Jr. and her loving daughter-in-law Sherry.  She was predeceased by her daughter Rita Darcy, son-in-law Thomas Darcy and grandson Thomas Darcy Jr. She also leaves behind five cherished grandchildren, Therese, Kelli, Danny, Jennifer and Erin and nine great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Harrison FMBA Local 22, Charitable Fund, c/o Harrison Fire Department, 634 Sussex St., Harrison, N.J. 07029 in loving memory of Therese.

Sean M. Nee

Sean M. Nee, of Kearny, died July 13.

He was 24.

Visiting was Monday, July 18, at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, July 19, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Cremation will be private.

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Sean was the beloved son of Michael Nee and Christine (Myles) Nee. He was the loving brother of Michael and Owen. Dear grandson of Owen and Elda (Guedes) Myles and the late John and Ann (Flaherty) Nee, he is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Sean loved sports and enjoyed his days on Kearny Recreation teams. So, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Kearny Recreation Commission.

Jean Podolski

Jean Podolski, a lifelong resident of Kearny, died on July 16.

She was 73.

Visiting will be at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Tuesday, July 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will be Wednesday, July 20, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home. Entombment is in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Mrs. Podolski was a photo manager with CVS Pharmacy in East Rutherford.

She was the beloved wife of the late Ernest Podolski; mother of Michael, Stephen (Roseann) and Richard (Kate) Podolski; sister of James and the late John Baillie; and grandmother of Sean, James, Shannon, Brian and Michele.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wounded Warrior Project would be appreciated.

Elizabeth M. ‘Betty’ Turro

Elizabeth M. “Betty” Turro (nee Tighe), of Harrison, died, surrounded by her loving family on Friday, July 15.

She was 85.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Her entombment was in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.

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Born in Newark, she lived most of her life in Harrison. Elizabeth worked as a secretary for the Archdiocese of Newark.

Predeceased by her husband, James “G.G.” Turro, she is survived by her loving children James V. Turro Jr, Teresa Davis, Catharine Turro and Margaret Diaz; her cherished grandchildren Kelly Phillips, Rob Tighe, Kira Trogani, Shannon Jubin, Nicholas Rosania, and Catherine and James Turro III; and her great-grandchildren Evan and Peyton. She is also survived by her dear siblings Charles Tighe and Sister Catherine Tighe. She was predeceased by her sister Margaret Walters.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: Compassionate Care Hospice, 237 East Brown St., East Stroudsburg, Pa., 18301, in loving memory of Betty.

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