Obituaries for April 28, 2021


Robert “Bobby” Anthony Norcia Sr., 84, of North Arlington, since 1985, formerly of Jersey City, died at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

The Beloved husband of Dolores (nee D’Andrea) Norcia for 56 years, he was the devoted son of the late Luigi & Maria (Mary) Norcia (nee Carbonito) and son-in-law of the late James & Virginia D’Andrea. Loving father of Robert Jr. & his wife Jean Norcia, Denise Norcia & her fiancée Hector, Barbara Norcia Forsness, and Lisa & her husband Leonard Marshall Jr., he was dear brother of Linda DeRado Anthony, Jerry P. Norcia and the late Joseph DeRado, James DeRado and Armando Norcia.

The cherished grandfather of Robert III, Megan & husband Greg, Stephen, Thomas “TJ”, Alexxandria & fiancée Luis, Michael “Mikey” and Victor III & fiancée Kelly, he was the adored great-grandfather of Vincent, Cali Rae, Bella, Luis and Luna, the brother-in-law of the late James “Chippy” D’Andrea and Barbara D’Andrea Smith, the Godfather of Renee, Christine, Eva Marie and James and dear friend of Jerry Ruane, the late Eddie Abromaitis and his grand-dog Tasso Franklin Marshall. He will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mr. Norcia attended and played football for Lincoln High School in Jersey City, where he was voted best dressed, best looking and best dancer.

Bobby served in the National Guard.

Always an excellent provider for his family, Bobby worked 37 years for Ryerson Steel and later worked part-time at Queen of Peace High School. Robert was a parishioner of Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church and served as an usher at the church for 25 years.

Mr. Norcia supported the Gail’s Angels Foundation and many charities. Bobby was a member of Sumi Bowmen of Union City years ago. Bobby was also a horse owner, trainer and driver at Freehold, Pocono and Meadowlands racetracks.

In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, writing, weight training and gardening. Bobby enjoyed listening to oldies music, loved dancing and attending outdoor concerts with his wife, and he was once a contestant on American Bandstand.

Bobby’s smile and laughter were the crux in his ability to connect with people. Robert was the life of the party and was a jokester who loved to make limoncello. Bobby was an avid Giants and Yankees fan. Bobby was meticulous and an excellent dresser. Bobby was a caring and loving person who was loved by many nieces, nephews, friends and family.

Robert meant the world to so many people and they meant the world to him. Of all his traits and accomplishments, the one thing that was most important to Robert was his family.

Robert “Bobby” Norcia was a great man, husband, father and friend who embodied an amazing spirit which will be truly missed. His funeral will be Friday at 9 a.m., from the Ippolito-Stellato Funeral Home, 425 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Queen of Peace Church. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Friends will be received Thursday, April 29, from 3 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, P.O. Box 338, Morristown, N.J. 07963 or to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105-9959. Share condolences at


Michael Bianchi

Michael Bianchi died at home on April 21, 2021.

He was 76.

Born in Newark, he has lived in Kearny for the past 41 years.

Visiting was at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny.

Mike was a bus mechanic for NJ Transit.

He enjoyed going to car shows and meets. He especially treasured his 1980 Corvette.

Husband of Lorraine (nee Zakrzewski) and father of Michael John Bianchi, Nina Marie Amador (husband Nuno) and Joseph Michael Bianchi (wife Meg), he was the brother of Michael, Rose and the late Claire. He is also survived by his grandchildren Nicholas and Nathan.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Humane Society.

John English

John English died April 15, 2020.

He was 80.

Born in Kearny, he lived there many years before retiring to Lakeville, Pennsylvania.

Memorial visitation was at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, Kearny. Burial of his ashes was in Arlington Cemetery, Kearny.

John was well known in Kearny. He owned Tony’s Deli for many years and was a member of the Optimist Club and the Elks as well as sponsoring many different sporting teams. He was also a member of the Board of Directors in his lake community.

He was the husband of the late Dolores and father of Terry, John, Valerie and Stephen. Brother of William, Richard and Naomi, he is also survived by his grandchildren Nicole, Dylan, Stephen, Matthew, Nikalena and Michael.

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



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