Obituaries for June 19, 2024

Angelo Pirrello

Angelo Pirrello, 91, died Sunday, June 9, 2024, in Hampton Ridge Healthcare & Rehab Center, Toms River.

Relatives and friends visited at the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Born in the family home in East Newark, Angelo was raised in East Newark and lived there for many years before moving to Kearny 50 years ago.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1952 until 1954.

Mr. Pirrello earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Newark College of Engineering in 1960 and later earned his master’s degree in engineering.

He was employed as an engineer at Clinton Industries in Carlstadt for many years.

He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Kathleen Wandras (John), Jodi Richards (Paul), Paul Pirrello (Kelly) and Kathy Pirrello.  He also leaves several great- and great-great nieces and nephews. Angelo was predeceased by his brothers, Giacomo, Michael, Anthony and Paul Pirrello and one nephew John Pirrello.

Michael J. Rapsis Jr.

Michael J. Rapsis Jr. died June 10.

He was 66.

Born October 21, 1957, he was a lifelong resident of Kearny.

He is survived by his sisters, Linda Rapsis and Catherine Widmer.


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