In Memory of
Joseph J. O'Dea
February 9, 2014
Joseph J. O'Dea of Bloomfield passed away on
Sunday February 9, 2014 at the age of 90. Born and
raised in Jersey City, he lived in Bloomfield for 60
Joseph was a veteran of World War II serving in the Army
Air Forces in the 874th Squadron participating in the
Asiatic Pacific Campaign. He earned a Bachelor of
Science degree in Business Management from Seton Hall
University. Joseph was the Marine Operations Supervisor
in Port Newark for the Port Authority of New York and
New Jersey for 43 years prior to his retirement in 1988.
He was a member of St. Thomas Apostle Catholic Church,
As a husband, father, and grandfather, he always put his
family first, enjoying summer vacations at the Jersey
Shore, O'Dea clan reunions in Ireland, and traveling
with his beloved wife, Mary Jane.
Mr. O'Dea was the devoted husband for 64 years of Mary
Jane (nee Collins) O'Dea; father of Patricia O'Dea-Rosen
& her husband Ted, Kathleen Pelak & her husband Ron,
John "Jack" O'Dea & his wife Melanie and Anne O'Dea;
brother of the late Dorothy McGill and the late Anne
Horan; grandfather of Amy, Emily, Michael, David,
Leanne, Matthew and Ryan.
Visitation will be at Frank Halpin's Brookdale Funeral
Home, 1284 Broad Street, Bloomfield on Friday from 4 - 8
pm. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home
on Saturday at 9:00 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy
in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 60 Byrd Avenue,
Bloomfield at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be in Gate of
Heaven Cemetery, 225 Ridgedale Ave, East Hanover.
In lieu of flowers donations, please make memorial
donations to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O.
Box.758517, Topeka KS 66675
directions and condolence messages.