Obituaries — 7 June 2017


Wilburt ‘J.R.’ Rocco

Wilburt “J.R.” Rocco, 72, of Kearny, died May 29.

A funeral service took place in the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Friday, June 2. Interment was in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny.

Born in Kearny, J.R. was a lifelong resident. He worked for Norbet Trucking as a truck driver for many years. An avid fisherman, J.R. also liked long drives and trips to flea markets. He most enjoyed smoking his cigars with his dog Rocky by his side, playing with his grandkids, making his spaghetti sauce and playing the Pick-It.

J.R. was the beloved husband of Virginia (nee Atwell); loving father of Henry Rocco and his longtime companion Saida, Joseph Rocco and his wife Karen, and the late Dawn. He was the grandfather of Leonard, Joseph, Henry, Gabrielle, Jonathan and Bree; and dear brother of Elizabeth Fisk and her husband Robert, Roberta DeMarco and her late husband Frank, and the late William Roll.

Charles ‘Carl’ Narwid 

Charles “Carl” Narwid, of Harrison, died May 26.

He was a lifelong Harrison resident.

The funeral was conducted from the Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Ave., Kearny, on Thursday, June 1. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Holy Cross Church, Harrison. Entombment was in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington.

Carl had been employed as a fireman/boiler operator for the Harrison Board of Education in Harrison High School for 25 years retiring in 1997, with previous employment at RCA of Harrison as a tool and dye maker.

Surviving is his wife Mildred (nee Amible) Narwid.  He was the father of Carol Lyn (Steve) Mosior and the late Mark Narwid.  Also surviving are his loving grandchildren Melynda Jannuzzi, Toni Passenti, Steven Mosior and Michael and Ashley Narwid. The great-grandfather of Sean, Carley and Brooke Passenti, Olivia and Ava Jannuzzi, Jack and Emma Mosior, he was the brother of the late Raymond Narwid. His daughter-in-law Donna Narwid also survives.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association at

Rogers Skinner Rios

Burial for Rogers Skinner Rios took place June 1 in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Rogers died May 28 at Hackensack Medical Center, Hackensack.

He was 87.

He was here, from Columbia, visiting family, when he died.

Rogers is survived by his wife Maria Lili Skinner; his children Roy, Leyden, Afranio, Nilza, Mike, Henry, Yalexi and Angelina; two sisters; one brother; 16 grandchildren “with one on the way” and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Roger.

Arrangements were by the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home of Kearny.

Curt Paul Kordowski

Curt Paul Kordowski, 70, of Kearny, died May 27.

Visitation took place at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Tuesday, May 30. Cremation was private.

Born in Kearny, Curt was a lifelong resident. He served in the Army from 1966 to 1972 before working for Arkansas Chemical Company for many years before retiring. He belonged to the American Legion in Rutherford and to VFW Post 712 in Newark.

Curt was the beloved husband of Alice (nee Vessels) and brother of Janis Petercsak. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123.

Marie G. Palumbo

Marie G. Palumbo (nee Ostroman), 82, died Tuesday, May 30, at St. Clare’s Hospital, Denville.

The funeral was from the Thiele-Reid Family Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, on Friday, June 2. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Cecilia Church, Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

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Marie was born in Jersey City and lived in Kearny for many years before moving to Parsippany eight years ago.

Mrs. Palumbo was a secretary for the Kearny Board of Education for 15 years, before retiring in 2003. Prior, she worked as a billing clerk at Congoleum Narin in Kearny from 1972 until 1987.

She was a member of the Kearny Senior Citizens Club.

Marie is survived by her children, Lisa Donabauer (Joseph), Mark Graham (Patty) and John Graham (Judy); and siblings Therese Rutan, Antoinette Ostroman and Thomas and Francis Ostroman. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, John Ostroman, and her husband, Anthony J. Palumbo.

Gregory J. Richardson

Gregory J. Richardson, of Kearny, died May 31.

He was 59.

Visiting was Saturday, June 3, at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Cremation was private.

Greg was a postal worker in Kearny. He was an avid hunter and good family man.

The son of Patricia and the late William Richardson, he was the husband of Betty (nee Ingram) Richardson. He was also the father (and stepfather) to Brent and Mitch Richardson, Ryan Carbone and the late Matthew Carbone. Brother of Gordon and Patricia Richardson, he is also survived by his grandchildren Mia, Zaiden, Liam and Nathanel.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Vincent Richard Cipriano

Vincent Richard Cipriano, 80, born July 2, 1936, was raised with his two sisters in Kearny by his parents Fay and D. Richard Cipriano. Vince graduated high school from Massanutten Military Academy, then went on to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University where he earned his college degree in 1959.

He began his professional career in New York City at the advertising creative powerhouse Papery, Koenig, Louis. Years later, he was selected to open a branch office in Miami, where he relocated in 1965.

In 1974, Vince founded his own agency known as Cipriano Advertising, until retiring in 2008 after 34 successful years.

Vince enjoyed his retirement years traveling the globe to places like Italy, Finland and Hawaii. He also cherished his free time vacationing at the shore in Bay Head.

When he wasn’t traveling, he enjoyed spending time with family at home and in the Florida Keys.

Vince is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marcia; two sisters, Ellen McCourt and Phyllis Gensinger; three children, Deana Mitchell, Richard Cipriano and Denise Hinman; and five grandchildren: Jonathan (20), Andrew (16), Riley (12), Justin (12) and Shyanne (9).

A private celebration of his life will be held in both Miami and Bay Head.

Vince was a very generous and giving man, so in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to a charity of your choice.

John Glospie

John Glospie died at home May 31.

He was 48.

Born in Belleville, he lived in Hoboken before moving to Jersey City 17 years ago.

Visiting was at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, June 6, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Entombment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

John owned and ran a GNC store in Jersey City and recently opened another at the PATH location in Harrison.

The son of Anna and the late Edward Glospie, he is survived by his brothers Edward T. Glospie and Nick Corcia. Also surviving are his nieces Amanda and Melissa.

Josephine Nee

Josephine Nee died June 1.

She was 84.

Born in Dumbarton, Scotland, she lived in Kearny the past 55 years.

Visiting was Sunday, June 4, at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Mass was celebrated Monday, June 5, at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Josephine was the wife of the late John Nee and is survived by her children and their spouses: John Nee (Webbie), Thomas Nee (Veronica) and David Nee (Mary). The sister of George Monaghan, she is also survived by her grandchildren, Amanda, Rebecca, Andrew and Kelly along with niece Margaret and nephews Gerard and Thomas.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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