Obituaries for Oct. 21, 2020

Claire I. Rodgers

Claire I. Rodgers of East Newark died at home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.

She was 83.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mulligan Funeral Home, Harrison. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church, East Newark. Her interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

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Born in Harrison, Claire was a lifelong resident of East Newark. She was an administrative assistant for Prudential Life Insurance, Newark, for many years. She was a parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church, East Newark.

Predeceased by her husband, John J. Rodgers Sr. (1992), Claire is survived by her children, Deborah A. Dorry (Lawrence), Denise Rodgers-Leone, John J. Rodgers Jr. (Danielle), Diane Rodgers Kaminski (Carl), her grandchildren, Heather, Matthew and Gabriella, great-grandson Kaleb, and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by all of her siblings.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey or Harboring Hearts, in loving memory of Claire.

Mary (Myra) Morrison

Mary (Myra) Morrison (nee Stuart) died June 5, 2019.

She was born Aug. 1, 1944 in Port-Glasgow, Scotland (UK).

She attended and graduated St. Columba High School, attended James Watt College before immigrating to the United States in 1962.

She resided in Kearny where she worked at Kearny Realty for many years.

She and her husband migrated to California in the mid-1970s. She lived in Downy for many years, then settled in Rancho Santa Margarita. While in California, she worked for State Farm Insurance Co. for 25 years.

Myra loved to travel. She spent many vacations in Scotland, Ireland, England as well as numerous locations in the United States. Upon her retirement, she volunteered at the Mission Viejo Animal Shelter and worked at a local food bank.

She was an avid golfer and enjoyed the reverie of her friends and family whom she loved dearly.

She was pre-deceased by her parents, siblings George, Jack, Donald, Elizabeth and Derrick. Myra is greatly missed by her sister Ann Bradley, brother James Stuart and his wife Patricia their children, and niece Ashley Ryan Ronan.

Private interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.



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