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Death notice of April 13, 2022

Regina D. Harris

Regina D. Harris, (née Tyrell), 86, died Monday, April 4, 2022 at her home in North Arlington.

The funeral was held at the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny. A funeral mass was offered at St. Anthony of Padua Church, East Newark. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Condolences and memories can be shared at

Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Ms. Harris lived in Newark, NJ moved to East Newark where she lived for over 50 years before moving to North Arlington in 2017.

Regina was a switchboard operator at Hartz Mountain Industries in Secaucus for 10 years before retiring in 2007. Previously, she was a cashier at the A&P supermarket in Kearny for 10 years.

She was a longtime board member and past president of the East Newark Board of Education as well as a member of the East Newark and Harrison High School PTA and past president as well. Regina was a member of East Newark Seniors, St. Stephen’s Seniors and president of the St. Anthony of Padua Rosary Society

Mrs. Harris is survived by her children, Deborah Baggett, Catherine Lees (Robert) and Edward Harris, (Donna), a sister, Lorraine Stefanic, and a daughter-in-law, Maureen Harris. She was the grandmother of Michael Baggett (Anita), CMDR John Baggett, USN (Nellie), Catherine Baggett, Pamela Vertorano (Dominick), Lisa Skawinski (Michael), Caitlyn Lees Rachel Lees, Rhianna List (Justin) Thomas Harris and James Harris. She also leaves behind her great-grandchildren, Turner, Julia, Elias, Sara, Deacon, Vincent, Theodore, Peyton, Rory, Sawyer and Braeden.

She was predeceased by her husband, Evan Harris, her son, Michael Harris, her son-in-law, Jonathan Baggett, and a sister, Shirley O’Rourke.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Maria Villa

María Mercedes Villa (née Agrelo) died on April 4, 2022.

She was 73 years old.

María, also affectionately called Mercedes, was generous in spirit and action. She had a deep faith and lived a life of service. She loved to take care of those around her, whether it was cooking for an army or driving her friends home after having their hair done.

Born in Rianxo, a small town in Galicia, Spain, her adventurous spirit brought her to the United States in her early twenties. She then met her beloved husband of 40 years, Carlos, with whom she settled in Kearny for the rest of their lives.

She was the daughter of the late Santiago Agrelo and Teresa Martinez, and the daughter-in-law of the late Juan and Esperanza Villa. María was mother to Teresa Sachs (Neil) and Rick Villa (Kristen Mount), and grandmother to Olivia, Emily, Andrew, Payton, Austin and Kamryn. She leaves to mourn her siblings, Archbishop Santiago Agrelo who will celebrate the funeral, Rita Agrelo (Francisco), Manolo Agrelo (Margarita), Isaura Agrelo (Manolo), Isabel Agrelo (Alfonso) and Javier Agrelo (María Dolores) . She was also the sister-in-law of Juan Villa (Rose), late José Ramón Villa, José Manuel Villa (Maruja), late José Villa and Maria Esperanza Villa. She also loved and was loved by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements have been made by Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home in Kearny. Mass was celebrated at Sainte-Cécile Church. She was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum, North Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Cecilia’s Pantry.

John J. Hodson

John J. Hodson, 88, died Saturday, April 2, 2022.

Born in Jersey City, he lived in Harrison before moving to Kearny in 1965.

Before retiring in 2002, he worked as a CAD engineer for ITT in Nutley and earlier for Western Electric in Kearny.

He proudly served in the US Army during Korea. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Queen of Peace Council #3428 in North Arlington.

John was the beloved husband of Eleanor Hodson (née Butler); the devoted father of Lynne Pedalino and her husband George, Marianne Stevenish and her husband Robert, Kathryn Stanak and her husband Stephen and John Hodson and his wife Kristine; Alex Pedalino’s cherished grandfather, Kaitlyn Pistilli and her husband Jonathan, Nicholas Hodson and Robert Stevenish.

Private funeral services were under the direction of Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Road, North Arlington.

The family would appreciate donations made in John’s memory to St. Stephen’s Church, 141 Washington Ave., Kearny, NJ 07032.

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