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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

O'Donnell Agency Regrets To Announce Passing of Owner and family Matriarch, Mary Griffith


Obituary
Mary Griffith (nee-Byrne), loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend 76, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

A resident of Belmar, NJ, she was born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ. Mary attended Sacred Heart Catholic High School where she met her husband, the late Robert G. Griffith. The Griffiths were employed under ODonnell Insurance Agency upon which they inherited and ran the company for over 30 years. Mary started as a file clerk and rose to become an owner, growing the company with Robert and their sons. She found joy in helping the many customers local to Elizabeth and all over New Jersey with their insurance needs. One of her many spirited quotes included, Dont eat, pay your insurance!. The ODonnell Insurance Agency was a source of passion for Mary and a true family business. Among her children, nieces and nephews, Mary led her staff with patience, humor and pride.

Marys, love of family, laugh, and sarcastic sense of humor  touched all who knew her. She was marked by true resilience and sticktoitiveness.  A pillar to her family and friends, Mary was counted on by all to lend a loving hand, and even a sour rebuttal when needed.

A crossword puzzle, Dunkin Donuts coffee, being by the beach with her dog "Patsy" and a visit from her friends and family was all she needed. She never asked for much, and to ask her, she had it all.

Mary will be remembered for her loyalty, fierce love of her children and eternal gratitude.
Mary is survived by her 5 children Robert (Daria), Joseph (Barbara), Ned, John and Emily, and 8 grandchildren.

Also surviving are her brother Jack (Joan) and  sister Frances and their children. 

She was predeceased by her husband Robert Griffith in 2001, her daughter MaryEllen Fiore in 2011, brother Daniel in 2010, and brother Thomas in 1976.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay respects at Higgins & Bonner Funeral Home in Westfield, NJ on Friday, March 10, from 4-8pm. A Funeral Mass is held at St. Genevieves in Elizabeth, NJ on Saturday, March 11 at 10am.  
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Women's History Month: Saluting Women of NJ


































Kathleen Wisniewski, PSEG.
Maria Kimball, Avon Products.
Dorothy Inderleid, First presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, NJ.
Katerine Green, General Pulaski Memorial Parade, NYC.
Julia Krajcech, Town and Campus, Elizabeth, NJ.
Genevieve (Genia) Zagurek. Dziekuje. St. Adalberts Parish, Elizabeth, NJ.
Ana (Donald) Hunt.  University of Havana Cuba. Elizabeth, NJ.
Marsha Williams.  Harmonia Bank. Elizabeth, NJ.
Marie Martin. Roselle Park, NJ> Harmonia Bank.
Doris Keller.  St. Michael's of Union,NJ. 
Edith Alznauer. Roselle Park,NJ. Harmonia Bank.
Eleanor White. Battin High School. Elizabeth,NJ. 
Leonia Cefaratti. Leonia.  Franklin Beauty School, Elizabeth,NJ.
Felicia Pagoulatos.  Felicia's Hair Salon. Elizabeth,NJ. Mexico.
Miss Katherine Rose Guarino.  Deborah Society. Elizabeth,NJ.
Joan Diamond. Keyes Martin and Company. Milburn, NJ. (group against Smoking Pollution).
Linda Rosenberg.  Keyes, Martin & Company. Springfield,NJ.
Oneida Duran. Cuba. Elizabeth,NJ. Queens,NYC.  Raul Duran. Richard Duran. Duran Agency.
Frances Smith. Alfred Smith. Smith Funeral Home. Cherry St. Elizabeth  Randy Smith. Trent Smith.
Ann Galvin. Anchor Corporation. United Way. Elizabeth,NJ.
Rose Marie Sinnott.  John Sinnott. Patent Attorney. Elizabeth,NJ. Union County Freeholder.
Ann Dolan. Boyle Company. ELizabeth,NJ. Carroll Dolan. Realtor. Hillside,NJ.
Leda Perselay. Union County Board of Freeholders. Berkeley Heights. Summit. Welfare Board.
Carol Scott. Burry Division. the Quaker Oats Company.  St. Luke's Church, Metuchen, NJ>
Myrtle Nielson. New Jersey Bell. YWCA. Fords,NJ. 

Linda Heeney. Linden High school. Linden,NJ.
Genevieve Caton. Battin High School. Linden,NJ. Stiles St. Office.
Gertrude Zboray. Rahway High School.  Community State Bank. Rahway,NJ.
Mary Lou hathaway. Sheraton Inn. Newark Airport. Daphne's Restaurant. Milwaukee,WI.
Evalyn Leonard. Orange Memorial Hospital. SGT. James Leonard. Union County Sheriff.
Annette Silverman. Mason Edwards Inc. WJDM Radio. Teipei Taiwin.
Miriam Rosen. Milton Rosen. Electrolysis. Leon Weinglass. Edison,NJ. George Aloia. Roselle Park.
Alice Jarvais. ElizabethTown Gas Co. One Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth,NJ.
Helen Shirley. Metuchen,NJ.  R.J.O'Neil.
Charolette Mitchell. Soroptimist  International Club of Elizabeth.
Irene Possemato. Elizabethtown Gas.
Gina Pasternak. Maison Petite. Jacob Pasternak. New jersey Builder.
Gail Wojtal. CPA. Elizabethtown Water. Upsala College. Seton Hall University. Edward Wojtal.Verona,NJ. 
Mary Kanane.  Cross "Pro ecclesia at Pontifice" Pope Pius XII.   Newark Archdiocese. Author. "Come Along With Me"
Florence Yeskel. Dress Shop. Gerte's Dress. Gerte Bloom Ehrenberg. Elizabeth,NJ.  Ohio university.
Fashion Institute NYC. Deborah B'Nai B'rith Temple Beth El.
Sister Ellen Patricia Meade. St. Elizabeth Hospital. College of St. ELizabeth. St Louis University. 
Mary Barbieri. WJDM. Radio. Elizabeth,NJ.  Seton hall University. 
Magaret Nilsen. Nilsen Detective Agency. Elizabeth,NJ. ELKS BPOE #289.  Kent Nilsen. Richard Nilsen. Matthew Nilsen. Union County Freeholder. 
Elizabeth Cox. Guild. Newspaper. Saturday Review. New York University. 
Patricia Kiernan. Holiday Inn. JetPort. Elizabeth,NJ.  Ridgefield Park, NJ.
Irene Griffin. Union County Assemblywoman. Kent University. Columbia university. Rutgers.