Obituaries for June 5, 2024

Rosemary Reilly Siegel

Rosemary Reilly Siegel, 83, of Union, South Carolina, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 30, 2024 at her home.

She was born in Jersey City on June 17, 1940, a daughter of the late Francis and Margaret Stewart Reilly. She graduated from St. Cecilia High School, Kearny, and retired from Dialogic/Intel Corporation in New Jersey. The late Donald Post, Freddie Siegel and Thomas J. Bickett were all fortunate to have been married to Rosemary during her lifetime.

Surviving are daughters, Maureen Crisman and husband Pete, Mary Frances Post and Ed, Patricia Laux and husband Scott, and Kathleen Donaldson and husband Greg; a sister, Elizabeth Keller and a brother, James Reilly and wife Mercy. ‘Ro Ro’ is also survived by grandchildren, Joshua Tierney, Patrick Tierney, Corey Laux, Taryn Bullock (Ryan), Reilly Ruddiman (Patrick), Devin Madsen (Darren), Danny Laux (Katie), Casey Laux (Tyler), Fallon Laux, Fagan Laux, Kieran Donaldson (Josh), Aidan Donaldson, Matthew Donaldson, Maggie A. Crisman, and Bridgid Mary Linares (Chino); and Great-grandchildren Wyatt, Clementine, Ender, Maverick, Ellis and Jude, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved son, Kevin Patrick Post, two sisters, Elenor Reilly and Margaret Reilly, and brother, Francis “Ace” Reilly.

As an artist, avid reader and intellectual logophile gifted with quick wit and charm, our selfless, beautiful Rosemary will forever be remembered for her firecracker personality, the knack to connect and assist anyone in need, her fashion sense, her hat collection, her ability to lovingly humiliate anyone watching Jeopardy with her, the master of soul comforting grilled cheeses, and above all, our best friend with a heart big enough to match the love of her family.

Her funeral is set for 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 29, 2024, at St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, Kearny. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donating to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home, Inc., was in charge.

John Anthony Trucillo (1942-2024)

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of John Anthony Trucillo, 82, on May 19, 2024.

A lifelong resident of Harrison and the youngest of three sons of Auturo and Theresa Trucillo (née Marrazzo), John was born into a loving family in Newark. He was Chief of the Harrison Police Department, retiring in 2003.

We invite friends and family to join us in commemorating John’s life. Visitation will take place at the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Ave., Harrison, on Wednesday June 5, after 8:45 a.m. A funeral Mass in his honor will be celebrated at Holy Cross Church, Harrison, at 10 a.m.  John will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

John’s warmth, wisdom and courage touched many lives. His memory will be a beacon of love and strength for all who knew him.

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ichael J. Sackerman

Michael J. Sackerman, 70, a lifelong resident of Harrison, died in his home May 22, 2024.

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

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The family requests memorial donations to a charity of choice or to your favorite charity, in loving memory of Michael instead of sending him flowers.

Cesar Cardenas

Cesar Cardenas, 80, died May 31, 2024.

Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Cesar was a proud veteran of the Peruvian Navy, where he served for three years as a sailor. It was in Peru he married the love of his life, Olga. In 1970, Cesar emigrated to the United States, embarking on a new chapter of his life.

Cesar and Olga made their home in Harrison. Together, they raised their daughter in a household filled with love, laughter and warmth. Cesar worked diligently in the Tungsten Alloy industry, providing for his family with dedication and hard work. After Tungsten Alloy, he later worked for Peerless Umbrellas.

Family was the cornerstone of Cesar’s life. He had a passion for playing canasta with his loved ones and cherished the moments spent dancing, especially with Olga. Cesar delighted in family gatherings, whether for special occasions or just to enjoy each other’s company. He had a keen eye for capturing memories, always ready with his camera to take photos of his cherished family members.

Cesar’s legacy is one of love, dedication and living in the moment and enjoying the present. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who loved him.

Cesar is survived by his beloved wife Olga; his daughter Katheryn Gyongyosi and her husband Kevin; his grandchildren Sean and Adam; his sisters Amanda, Graciela and Gloria; his sister-in-law Mercades and brother-in-law Steve; his sisters-in-law in Peru; he is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews and his great-niece who he was very blessed to meet before passing. He was predeceased by his brother, Fernando.

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