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Alice Mary (Buckley) DunneFebruary 9, 1939 ~ November 2, 2017 (age 78)
Alice M. Dunne, 78, (nee Buckley), passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
The funeral will be from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, 585 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, NJ on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. A funeral mass will be offered at St. Stephen’s Church, Kearny at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. Relatives and friends are invited to visit the funeral home on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Condolences and memories may be shared at thiele-reid.com.
Alice was born in Jersey City, NJ on February 9, 1939 to John and Margaret Buckley, one of 14 children.
Growing up in the Marion section of Jersey City, she attended St. John’s Elementary school. After graduation she attended St. Aloysius High School where she met the love of her life and future husband Jack Dunne.
Alice and Jack raised their five children in the Greenville section of Jersey City and worshiped at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. All five children attended St. Paul’s Elementary School as Alice always valued Catholic education.
She was employed as a Librarian Assistant for the Jersey City Board of Education for 25 years before retiring in 2001. It was in the school setting where Alice influenced many children’s lives through her caring and devotion.
After living in Jersey City her entire life, she and her family moved to Kearny in 1995.
Alice was a proud member of the Kearny Seniors. She attended mass at the Chapel of the Sacred Heart on Belgrove Drive in Kearny.
The Chapel and Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center, there on Belgrove Drive, became a very special place in her life. Shortly after the passing of her beloved husband, John “Jack” Joseph Dunne, Jr. in 1999, she and her children dedicated a statue of the Pieta in the Msgnr. Robert Egan Memorial Prayer Garden, on the grounds at the retreat center. The intimate statue of the Virgin Mary holding her son, the dead Christ, is one of the main focal points in the elegant garden.
Mrs. Dunne is survived by her beloved, devoted daughters: Barbara Dunne and Carol Schementi and her husband, Charles; her loving sons, John “Jack” Joseph Dunne, III and his wife, Kelly; Joseph Dunne and his wife, Tracy and Patrick Dunne and his wife, Mary Lynn. She was the sister of John, Joseph and Dennis Buckley, Carol Sullivan, Margaret De Filippo, Janet Scerbo, and Debbie Abeltin. She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren, Joseph, Gillian and Kaylee Dunne; Charles and Anthony Schementi; Nicolette and Jaclyn Dunne; and Patrick, Megan and Molly Dunne. She was the Aunt to many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, John “ Jack” Joseph Dunne, Jr. and sisters: Jacqueline Buckley, Patricia Kent and brothers: Leo, Robert, Thomas, and Kenneth Buckley.
Alice will always be remembered as an elegant, strong woman and a devout Catholic. Alice lived a wonderful and happy life. She was the heart of her family. Family was everything to her and she was everything to her family. Her commitment to her faith, family, and love was supported by the belief that her life was “in God’s hands”.
Her home and heart were open to all with unconditional love. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and sister who was respected, adored and will be deeply missed.
In lieu of flowers contributions to St. Stephen’s Heritage Fund may be made in Alice’s memory.
If Roses grow in Heaven Lord, please pick a bunch for me. Tell her that I love her and miss her, and when she turns to smile, place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her awhile. Because remembering her is easy, I do it every day, but there’s an ache in my heart that will never go away- Kristen Preus