Obituaries for Jan. 19, 2022

Robert Anthony Scheerer

Robert Anthony Scheerer, 69, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at University Hospital, Newark, from injuries sustained after being struck by a car.

Born in Jersey City, Mr. Scheerer lived in Long Island and later moved to Kentucky before moving to Kearny 18 years ago.

Robert was a taxi driver for Schuyler Cab in Kearny for the last four years. Prior, he drove for Black & White Taxi Co., Bloomfield, for three years.

He is survived by three children, Shawn Scheerer, Jennifer Alessandro and Melissa Scheerer. Robert was the brother of Fred Scheerer, Dorothy Hopf, Norma Scheerer and Helen Spalding.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Mark Scheerer, Roberta Costello and Maryann Watkins.

The Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, Kearny, was in charge. 

Mary Ann Kennel

Mary Ann Kennel (nee O’Grady) of Harrison died peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 at Newton Memorial Hospital, Newton.    She was 79.

The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, at a time and date to be determined. Please check back on our website for the updated information or call the funeral home at (973) 481-4333.

Mary Ann was born on Christmas Day 1942 in Newark and was raised there as a child. She resided in Harrison since 1978.  She was a very special and unique person and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Even her date of birth was unique, as she was born under the Star of Bethlehem, which only appears once every 974 years.

She worked at Woolworth’s Department Store in New York for 30 years, and for Pathmark in Kearny for 10 years. She was a member of Union UFCW Local # 1262, Clifton.

Bible verses that Mary loved: From the book of Revelation, Chapter 19, “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.” “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”

Mary Ann is survived by her husband Richard Kennel of 57 years, her nieces and nephews, Joan (Raul) Sloezen, Michael O’Grady, Rosemary Kaufman, Patricia (Jose) Maderro, Doreene (John) Demarest and William Heutel, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

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Kimberly Ann Catucci

Kimberly Ann Catucci of North Arlington and Rutherford died Jan. 14, 2022.

Kimberly had a love of music. In high, school she and her friends published their own music update newspaper, “The Music Zone.” She also had a great love for animals and adopted two stray cats.

Kimberly is survived by her loving parents, Tom and Lois Catucci, her devoted sister, Michelle of Woodland Park, her beloved brother, Tommy (Vicki) of Waycross, Georgia, and nephews Thomas and Cody.  She also is survived by a group of lifelong friends and her best friends Jackson, Hudson and Greyson Dorsett.

Per Kim’s request, she has donated her remains to the RWJ/Rutgers Medical School Anatomical Association in hopes that her passing may help others. She also requested there be no memorial service or gathering as she did not want anyone exposed to COVID on her behalf.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in her memory may do so to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network ( or the Humane Society of Bergen County in Lyndhurst.


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