Obituaries for Nov. 11, 2020

Jully John

Jully John of Harrison died Nov. 4, 2020, after a long and courageous battle.

She was 44.

Visitation was at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. A funeral service will be celebrated in the funeral home on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Born in Callao, Peru, Jully lived in Weehawken before moving to Harrison over 20 years ago. Kind and compassionate all her life, she proudly became a licensed practical nurse to help those in need. She loved to travel, and especially liked taking road trips. An excellent cook, she most treasured time spent with her family.

The cherished daughter of Carlos and Gladys John, Jully was the wife of Manuel Colon; loving mother of Jonathan Colon and Tiffany Castellanos; dear sister of Shirley John, Henry John and his wife Cherrie and Carlos John Jr. and his wife Blanca, she is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Susan B. Komen Foundation for the Cure.

Virginia E. Mahoney

Virginia E. Mahoney, (nee Johnson), 78, died peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, at her home in Kearny, surrounded by her family.

The funeral service was at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, Kearny. Interment was in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny.

Ms. Mahoney was born in Jersey City and lived in Kearny her entire life.

She was a Human Resource Administrator for Deloitte & Touche at the World Financial Center in New York City for 20 years before retiring in 2004.

Virginia served several terms as a deacon at First Presbyterian Church and also volunteered regularly at the church’s thrift shop.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Cepin and her husband, Dave; three grandchildren, Emily, Benjamin and Bradley Cepin;and one niece, Mira Baidwan and her children, Evan and Brooke Baidwan.

She was predeceased by her sister, Linda Diamond.

Francis L. Eagan Jr.

Francis L. Eagan Jr., 82, of Allentown, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 at RWJ Hamilton. 

Born in Newark, he lived in North Arlington for 40 years before moving to Wayne. His dream of owning a horse farm eventually brought him to the Allentown area where he had been since 1988. 

Son of the late Madeline and Francis L. Eagan Sr., he was predeceased by his wife, Mary Lou Eagan.

Frank is survived by his children, Kathleen and Joseph Sandford of New Egypt; Francis III and Theresa Eagan of Toms River and Daniel Eagan of Cream Ridge; his grandchildren, Lynn Kerr and her husband Dan, Laura Sandford, Shannon Eagan and Sean Eagan; his great-grandson, Connor Kerr and his brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Jane Eagan of Whippany.

Frank, as he was known by many, was the epitome of an entrepreneur.

His entrepreneurial adventures and hard work began when he was only 18 and opened Eagan’s Automatic Transmission Specialists.  From there, he joined Eagan’s Restaurant in North Arlington, Carousel Ice Cream in Kearny, Joker’s Wild Amusements in Seaside, the MilkieWay in Lavallette, Sterling Farm and Eagan’s Trucking in Cream Ridge and Eagan’s Truck Parts in Robbinsville. 

Whether he bought you a dinner or a drink, sponsored a team or donated to your cause, he left a lasting impression on many. His wit and personality will be missed by many. 

Visitation was at the Peppler Funeral Home, 114 S. Main St. Allentown. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John’s Church, Allentown.  Interment was in the parish cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to, which was very special to him.

Richard O’Donnell

Richard O’Donnell, a former resident of Kearny, died Oct. 29, 2020, after a long illness.

He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on March 16, 1934.

He served in the signal corps of the British army. 

Richard immigrated to Rochester,  New York, in 1968, then moved to Kearny.

He was a regular member of the Scots American Club where he was a sometime bartender.

Richard returned to the UK where he lived in London for a few years before settling back in Glasgow.

He was predeceased by three brothers, Cornelius, Patrick and James.  

He is survived by a brother Andrew (Patricia) in England, a sister Christina (John) in Charlotte, North Carolina and many nieces and nephews.

Donald Todd

Donald Todd of Kearny died Nov. 3, 2020.

He was 85.

A graveside service for Donald took place at Arlington Cemetery, Kearny.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny.

A lifelong resident of Kearny, Donald worked for Wilbur B. Driver for many years. In recent years, he was a dedicated member of the Kearny Seniors. Donald enjoyed playing bingo and always looked forward to his next trip to the casino.

Donald was the beloved husband of Marie (nee Krantz) Todd; loving father of Donald Peter Todd and his wife Elaine and Patricia Hogan and her husband Patrick. He was the cherished grandfather of Nicole, Allison and William, and was the dear brother of Thomas Todd, Mary Walsh, Judith Platt and Gary Todd. He was predeceased by his siblings Wallace, Phyllis, Ellen, Barbara, Jackie and Billy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association.

Mildred J. Weller

Mildred J. Weller, 96, of Hollywood, Florida, died Sept. 29, 2020.

Mildred was born June 18, 1924, in Harrison, the daughter of the late Philip R. and Julia Belle Axson Fash. Shortly after her birth, the family relocated to Lincolnville, South Carolina. The family returned to Kearny between 1932 and 1935. In 1942, Mildred married Robert T. Weller. Mildred and Robert moved to Hollywood, Florida, in the 1950s.

Robert died Sept. 17, 2000.

They had no children.

Along with her parents and husband, Mildred was preceded in death by six brothers, James, Philip Jr., Neil, Leonard, William and Milton; and two sisters, Amy and Margarette. She is survived by eight nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were by the Boyd Funeral Home in Hollywood, Florida, and she was buried in Fred Hunter’s Cemetery in Hollywood, on Oct. 5, 2020, next to her husband Robert.




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