Obituaries for 29 July 2020

Anna Carmela Venner

Anna Carmela Venner, 78, (nee D’Aloia) died Friday, July 24, 2020, in Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville.

Born in Jersey City, Anna had lived in Kearny for 70 years.

Mrs. Venner is survived by her children, Lauren Venner and William Venner, one brother, James D’Aloia and one sister, Lucille Gianadonato. She is also survived by her grandchildren, John Wargo, Skyler Whitehead, Kiana Murphy and Roco Murphy and one great-grandchild, Hailey Wargo.

Private arrangements are under the direction of the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, Kearny.

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John M. Dougher

John M. Dougher, 54, of Harrison, died at University Medical Center, Newark, on Monday, July 20, 2020.

A memorial gathering will take place at Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Friday, July 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A memorial prayer service will take place at the funeral home at 1 p.m.  Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

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A lifelong resident of Harrison, John worked for Repetti’s Restaurant in Kenilworth, Harrison Cab Company and the Town of Harrison’s Department of Public Works.

John was the beloved son of the late Thomas and Helen (Trypuc) Dougher. He was the cherished father of John and Michelle Dougher, and the dear brother of Helen (Arlene) Dougher, Thomas (Elaine) Dougher and Joseph (Diane) Dougher. He is survived by his nephew Thomas Dougher and niece Amy Dougher. John joins his loving parents and dear nephew Daniel Dougher in everlasting peace.

John enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and will be remembered for his gentle heart and kind spirit. His faith gave him strength and patience. His beautiful children are his enduring legacy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Harrison Fire Department in care of the funeral home in loving memory of John.

Marie F. Armitage

Marie F. Armitage (nee Choplick), of Harrison, died peacefully at home on Monday, July 20, 2020.

She was 89.

Funeral services were under the direction of Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison. A funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison. Her burial took place in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

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Born in Detroit, Marie was raised in Newark, and eventually settled in Harrison, residing there for the last 60 years. She was a crossing guard for the Town of Harrison Police Department for 24 years, retiring in 2001. Prior to that, she worked as an administrative assistant for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Newark, for 10 years, retiring in 1957.

She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Harrison, and a member of the Polish American Club and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 340 in Harrison.

Predeceased by her husband, Ernest Armitage Jr., she was the devoted mother of Karen Hymowitz, Janice Zurawski, Ernest Armitage III (Eileen) and Mary Mabie (Kenny); cherished grandmother of Joseph, Michael, Christina, Adam, Aarika, Ernest IV, Keely and Eilish; and great grandmother of Alysa. Also surviving are her brother, James Choplick, and many nieces and nephews.

Marie was predeceased by her siblings, Malaine, Stan, Joseph and Loretta.

Daniel A. Dano Nakrosis

Daniel A. “Dano” Nakrosis, 57, of Kearny, co-creator of the funny animal “Conservation Corps” comic book series and a long-time New York Mets fan, died suddenly on July 21, 2020.

Relatives and friends visited Dan at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Born in Bayonne, Dan’s coloring, lettering and artwork graced the pages of all the major comics publishers across a wide genre of books. His work history included stints at DC, Marvel, Wildstorm, Walt Disney and Archie, among many others, on titles including “Aquaman,” manga versions of “Spiderman,” “The X-Men” and the “Conservation Corps,” also known as the “Eco Crew.”

He also worked as a writer, editor and publisher for over 30 years with most of the major names in the U.S. comic book industry.

For many years, Dan ran a studio that specialized in producing translations of Japanese manga comics for Western audiences.

Dan was also a graphic artist whose advertising and promotional work was used by many companies, including Trader Joe’s.

A graduate of Queen of Peace High School in North Arlington and the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon Art in Dover, Dan was also very active as a member of the National Cartoonist Society, serving as the New Jersey chapter president and in other officer positions over several decades.

He was a regular attendee of the NCS’ Reuben Awards ceremony, and often worked as a member of the group’s election committee, helping to collect and compile votes for the award which honors the Cartoonist of the Year.

Along with a life-long love of the New York Mets, Dan was an avid fan of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Miami Dolphins and the English Premier League, and the music of bands including Kansas, Marillion, Prefab Sprout and The Magnetic Fields.

He was a collector of sports and comic related art and memorabilia and was always ready with a comic quip or bad pun.

Dan was the dear son of the late John Nakrosis. He is survived by his loving mother Elena, brothers John and Stephen and his wife Sarah, sisters Catherine and Elizabeth Mortimer and her husband Robert, nephews Thomas and Laurance, nieces Athena and Mary and numerous cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the St. Stephen’s Heritage Fund, 141 Washington Ave. Kearny, N.J. 07032.



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